Washington Pot Sales Decline for First Time in 10 Years

The state legalized adult-use recreational cannabis in 2012.

Washington was one of the first states to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis when it OK’d the substance in December 2012.

Since then, the state has seen its annual sales of cannabis steadily climb.

But now, Washington has experienced its first year-over-year decline.

According to the Seattle Times, Washington cannabis sales during the 2022 fiscal year totaled $1.4 billion, down from $1.5 billion in 2021.

The publication noted that Washington’s sales declines are indicative of broader national cannabis trends.

“What you’re seeing as a ‘dip’ is really sales returning to normal growth as more people returned to in-person work,” a state cannabis representative told the publication.

Despite the decline, Washington still brought in $509 million in excise tax revenue from cannabis sales during 2022.

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