Oregon's marijuana tax revenues top $40 million

Changes underway for recreational pot retailers

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Revenue said Monday it has received $40.2 million in marijuana tax payments, as of Sept. 30.

Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25 percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.

With licensed retailers now selling recreational marijuana in some areas, consumers may see a lower tax rate on their receipts, officials said.

"Retailers" are those selling recreational marijuana who have been licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Licensed retailers must charge a 17 percent tax on all recreational marijuana sales. Dispensaries must continue to charge the 25 percent tax rate until early-start provisions expire at the end of this year.

For dispensaries, third-quarter marijuana tax returns are due by October 31, 2016. Forms, instructions and important information about filing and payment requirements are available at If dispensaries or retailers need additional assistance, they can contact the Marijuana Tax Program at (503) 947-2597 or

Visit to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.

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