PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Oregon recreational-cannabis sales soared in 2020, peaking during a challenging summer of racial justice protests and coronavirus lockdowns.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the result was a record year of business for the state’s marijuana purveyors, based on data from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees marijuana sales.
Total marijuana sales in Oregon jumped from $795 million in 2019 to more than $1 billion — for the year that just ended.
State tax revenue from marijuana sales in 2020 likely will exceed $150 million.
Much of that will go toward substance-abuse screening and programs to address addiction.