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Medical marijuana sales are generating a tax windfall for Michigan

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

State regulators are projecting an $18.2 million sales tax windfall from sales of medical marijuana this fiscal year.

7,002 pounds of medical marijuana products have been sold since state monitoring began marijuana sales in October, tallying $33,367,841.

The money raised will go to the School Aid Fund and local municipalities.

In addition to the sales tax, $112,000 in excise taxes have also been collected from licensed medical marijuana facilities.   

Only licensed provisioning centers are subject to the 3% excise tax.  All sales of tangible personal property – even illegal sales – are subject to sales tax unless an exemption applies. Note that the 3% excise tax is repealed effective March 6, 2019. 

Those dispensaries operating under emergency rules were required to pay sales tax. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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