FILE: This photograph taken on April 22, 2019, shows a type of cannabis in a bag at Cremers Coffee Shop in The Hague. (Photo by ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP via Getty Images)
In total, $341 million in adult-use marijuana sales were reported during 2020, one of the few bright marks from a year plagued by financial pain for small businesses and local governments.
"In this extraordinary time, our staff is working to get those payments to impacted municipalities and counties. Every dollar helps right now," said State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks.
The treasury department announced Thursday that $31 million has been collected from the 10% excise tax on recreational purchases of cannabis. Here's how the money will be divied up:
- $10 million goes to more than 100 municipalities
- $11.6 million goes to the School Aid Fund
- $11.6 million to the Michigan Transportation Fund
- $12.5 million will go toward administrative and start-up costs
When recreational marijuana was legalized via ballot initiative in 2018, regulators decided that a 10% excise tax on all sales would be distributed to local cities, Michigan schools, and improving state roads.
Any tax revenue earned will send 15% to municipalities and counties that have a licensed marijuana retail store and 35% to schools and road maintenance.
Dozens of cities, villages, townships, and counties will receive a part of the available $10 million. The money will be divided up by the number of marijuana retail stores and microbusinesses licensed in each municipality. This year, that comes out to about $28K per issued license.
"The team at the Marijuana Regulatory Agency did a tremendous job getting the adult-use licensing program established and operating efficiently," said MRA Executive Director Andrew Brisbo. "Infusing over $28,000 per retailer and micro-business into local government budgets across the state is very impactful and shows how strong and successful the industry is becoming."