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Liquor and Cannabis Board changes marijuana numbers

Marijuana sales actually increased in Washington last month, contrary to initial numbers released by the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board, officials said Thursday.

Sales numbers previously reported for July did not include taxes, though revenue figures during fiscal year 2014 did, said Brian Smith, spokesman for the board. When officials revised the totals to include taxes like in previous reports, sales figures actually increased between June and July.

"We wanted to compare apples to apples," Smith said.

In its weekly marijuana report, the board reports statewide sales increased from $45.9 million in June to $57.1 million in July, an increase of roughly 25 percent. 

Numbers for individual shops had not changed from original reports as of Thursday afternoon.

Spokane County's best-selling shop, Greenlight, was robbed Monday night in what authorities are calling a takeover-style robbery. On Thursday, the Spokane County sheriff's office released photo and video footage of the robbers.

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