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Legal weed sales crack $1.3bil in Calif. Here’s how much tax revenue it generated.

California’s legal cannabis industry reached its highest watermark in terms of sales during the second quarter of 2021, reaching $1.359 billion dollars in taxable sales to consumers, California’s sales tax agency reported.

The latest figures paint a legal drug industry that continues to rise, with year-over-year sales gains of $266,518,368, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration said in its quarterly update of sales tax revenue.

In the second quarter of 2021, California collected $333,198,419 in taxes from cannabis growers and sellers.

Of that sum, California raised $120,540,674 in sales taxes from cannabis sales and $40,383,864 from cultivation efforts.

The largest share, however, came from the state’s 15 percent excise tax, which raised $172,273,881 within the quarter.

The record tax revenue and sales beg a larger question:

How are revenues generated across the San Joaquin Valley floor?

Reid Stone is a contributing reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun.