LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Marijuana dispensaries are making big bucks in Nevada.
The Nevada Department of Taxation and the Cannabis Compliance Board released figures on Wednesday showing $1,003,467,665 of taxable sales for the industry over a 12-month period.
The breakdown of sales reported by county is:
Clark County: $791,100,017Washoe County: $135,326,790All other counties: $77,040,859
The amounts above are for the fiscal year of 2021 which took place from July 20, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
Pot industry brings in big bucks in FY 2021: Nevada’s legal cannabis industry sees more than $1 billion in taxable sales with $159 million transferred to the Distributive School Account. That’s an increase of more than $318 million from 2020. pic.twitter.com/pxWjtT7L17
— Darcy Spears (@dspinv13) October 13, 2021
What does this mean for schools?
A common question 13 Action News receives whenever marijuana sales make headlines is, “What about our schools?”
It’s a good question because school funding is complicated in Nevada, and it’s something the 13 Investigates team has previously spent time sorting out. Originally, only taxes from wholesale marijuana sales were going towards education in the state.
In 2019, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Senate Bill 545, directing all revenue from the 10% retail cannabis tax towards education, too.
“This is what Nevadans expected since the legalization of recreational marijuana,” said Gov. Sisolak in a press release.
“Education remains one of my top priorities, and I’m proud to see promised tax revenue from cannabis sales directly funding our students and classrooms.”
The money from these marijuana wholesale and retail taxes goes into the state’s Distributive School Account, or DSA for short, which is like a big pot of soup. Multiple sources of education funding make up the ingredients.