Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The state received $1.5 million in marijuana taxes in August.
The Alaska Department of Revenue reported taxes have exceeded $1 million in seven of the first eighth months of the year. February was the one month below $1 million in marijuana taxes.
A total of $15.8 million has been collected by the tax since its inception in October, 2016. Alaskans voted in 2014 to legalized recreational use of marijuana.
Half of the tax money goes toward programs aimed at reducing repeat criminal offenders. Governor Bill Walker, in his new public safety plan, said 2-3rds of criminals re-offend in the state.
25 percent of the revenue goes toward marijuana education and treatment programs.