Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2018 • California Cannabis tax revenue increases in third quarter of 2018

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration reported increased revenue numbers today for cannabis sales for the third quarter of 2018. Tax revenue reported by the cannabis industry totaled $93.1 million for third quarter returns received through Oct. 31, 2018, which includes state cultivation, excise and sales taxes. It does not include tax revenue collected by each jurisdiction.

Hundreds of pounds of illegal marijuana, in various stages of cultivation, were seized in the Termo/ Grasshopper area in October 2017.

California’s cannabis excise tax generated $52.4 million in revenue reported on third quarter returns received through Oct. 31, 2018. The cultivation tax generated $12 million, and the sales tax generated $28.7 million in reported revenue. Retail sales of medicinal cannabis and medicinal cannabis products are exempt from sales and use taxes if the purchaser provides a valid Medical Marijuana Identification card and valid government-issued identification card.

Previously reported revenue for 2nd quarter returns was revised to $80.2 million, which included $42.3 million in excise tax, $4.7 million in cultivation tax, and $33.2 million in sales tax. Revisions to quarterly data in prior periods are the result of amended and late returns, and other tax return adjustments.

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, two new cannabis taxes went into effect: a cultivation tax on all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market and a 15 percent excise tax upon purchasers of cannabis and cannabis products. In addition, retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products are subject to state and local sales tax.

To learn more, visit the Tax Guide for Cannabis Businesses on the CDTFA website.