Again, Las Animas County tops the charts for most money spent on marijuana per capita. Thanks to strong tourist sales the county spent $4,542 on marijuana per person.

Las Animas County, population 14,506, was followed closely by Lake County, a small county just east of Aspen with a population of 7,751, with $4,527 per person.

For comparison, Denver spends $894 per person on marijuana, making it the eighth highest spender per capita.

Lockdowns and home restrictions were a shot in the arm for the marijuana industry. Marijuana sales from January through November in 2020 topped $2 billion, a record for the state.  

Yearly marijuana sales have more than tripled since the first legal and taxable sales began in 2014. Since that time, Colorado has sold $9.8 billion worth of medical and recreational marijuana.

Like alcohol sales, the pandemic seemed to heat up marijuana purchases. They usually pick up in spring and peak in summer anyway; this year simply had an extra push.

Colorado marijuana sales spiked in April in the midst of a statewide stay-at-home order. They peaked in July, selling $226 million in that month alone. Sales have cooled off but remain higher than any point in previous years.

Sales are overwhelmingly recreational instead of medical. Medical sales, in fact, have stayed roughly even over the last six years while recreational sales take up more and more of the overall share.

Denver, Adams and Arapahoe counties together constitute half of the state’s total 2020 marijuana spending – Denver with 33 percent, Arapahoe with 9 percent and Adams with 7 percent.

Las Animas County, a far less populous area, ranks ninth in the state for marijuana spending, taking in $65,880,574. For the month of Nov., the county took in $5,609,146 in retail marijuana sales (or 3 percent of the state’s total) and $34,458 in medical marijuana sales.  

Sales statewide are overwhelmingly recreational instead of medical. Medical sales, in fact, have stayed roughly even over the last six years while recreational sales take up more and more of the overall share.

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