Recreational and medical cannabis taxes

On November 6, 2012, Washington State voters passed Initiative 502 (I-502). The initiative makes it legal for businesses holding the appropriate cannabis license(s) to produce, process, or make retail sales of cannabis for recreational use.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) approves, regulates, and enforces cannabis licenses. The LCB also administers and collects the 37 percent cannabis excise tax.

For information on licensing or the cannabis excise tax, please visit LCB's Cannabis site.

The data contained in this report includes the following:

  • Estimated sales tax collections on cannabis and cannabis products for businesses with a cannabis retailer license
  • Estimated sales of cannabis and cannabis products that are exempt from sales tax for medical purposes

Cannabis sales tax table

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