Study examines economic impact of marijuana in La Plata County

Marijuana sales totaled $27.7 million in La Plata County in 2016, generating $36.9 million in economic output and 351 jobs, according to a study released last week by Local First.

The impetus for the study, said Monique DiGiorgio, managing director of Local First, was that La Plata County considered in June 2017 implementing excise taxes on marijuana sales, and the Durango City Council had a similar discussion in August 2017. Both boards ultimately decided against implementing a tax.

“When the excise taxes were considered, it was clear we didn’t have good data to make better decisions about the cannabis industry,” DiGiorgio said.

The study was sponsored by Aurum Labs, a certified cannabis testing laboratory in Durango; Durango Cannabis Co.; Durango Organics; The Greenery; Santé; Sweet CO2 Oil; and the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center.

While the $4,000 report was paid for by businesses

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