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Marijuana sales up slightly in Spokane County in May

UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Marijuana retailers, producers and processors in Spokane County reported sales of $15.1 million before taxes in May, up slightly from a slow April. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Marijuana retailers, producers and processors in Spokane County reported sales of $15.1 million before taxes in May, up slightly from a slow April. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane County’s 31 retail marijuana shops generated $7.9 million in revenue in May, up slightly from a slow April but less than March’s sales figures.

The sales jump represented a 0.1 percent increase over April’s total sales amount, or about $8,000 in additional revenue, according to numbers published by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. May also saw a new downtown retailer, a third location under the Cinder brand, open at 927 W. Second Ave. That location reported $31,702 in earnings in its first month of operation.

A total of 181 Spokane County marijuana businesses reported earnings in May, including growers, producers and retail outlets. Those businesses earned $15.1 million, rebounding from a $14.2 million figure in April. Growers were paced by Phat ’N Sticky, a Spokane Valley grower that sold $441,000 worth of product in May. Bolstered by the company’s sales figure, Spokane County growers posted the first month above $1 million in sales since the industry came online in 2014.

Treehouse Club, a retailer on Trent Avenue, reported the largest sales total in Spokane County last month, its second straight month topping the list. Sativa Sisters and Greenlight, two other shops located on the same stretch of Trent, reported the second- and third-highest earnings of all stores.

The state levies a 37 percent excise tax on sales at retailers, meaning Spokane County’s retailers netted Washington a total of $2.9 million last month.

Statewide, marijuana industry numbers remained flat between April and May, according to the Liquor and Cannabis Board’s numbers. Retail sales were up 0.9 percent from April, with $74.8 million in revenue. The industry as a whole generated $119.8 million in revenue in May, up 0.5 percent from April.