How much does $35 worth of cannabis cost, plus tax?

How much are you paying in cannabis taxes? Between excise tax, state sales tax, and local business taxes, customers are paying 20 to 40 percent in taxes on every cannabis purchase. Here's how taxes are affecting the cannabis consumer in 8 US cities.

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City Breakdown

Los Angeles, CA $48.48

TaxRateDollars Subtotal
Subtotal   $35.00
Excise Tax* 15% $5.25 $40.25
State Sales Tax 9.50% $3.82 $44.07
Business Tax-REC 10% $4.41
 
Grand Total$48.48
 
Tax Total* 35% $13.48

EXCISE TAX* In California, the excise tax can either be included in the price of the item or added to the customer receipt.

TAX TOTAL* In California, each tax is calculated against the subtotal + applied taxes. For example, in San Francisco State Sales tax is 8.50% of Subtotal + Excise Tax. ($35 + $5.25 = $40.25 * 8.50% = $3.42)

San Diego, CA $45.54

TaxRateDollars Subtotal
Subtotal   $35.00
Excise Tax* 15% $5.25 $40.25
State Sales Tax 7.75% $3.12 $43.37
Local Business Tax 5% $2.17
 
Grand Total$45.54
 
Tax Total* 27.75% $10.54

EXCISE TAX* In California, the excise tax can either be included in the price of the item or added to the customer receipt.

TAX TOTAL* In California, each tax is calculated against the subtotal + applied taxes. For example, in San Francisco State Sales tax is 8.50% of Subtotal + Excise Tax. ($35 + $5.25 = $40.25 * 8.50% = $3.42)

San Francisco, CA $43.67

TaxRateDollars Subtotal
Subtotal   $35.00
Excise Tax* 15% $5.25 $40.25
State Sales Tax 8.50% $3.42
 
Grand Total$43.67
 
Tax Total* 23.50% $8.67

EXCISE TAX* In California, the excise tax can either be included in the price of the item or added to the customer receipt.

TAX TOTAL* In California, each tax is calculated against the subtotal + applied taxes. For example, in San Francisco State Sales tax is 8.50% of Subtotal + Excise Tax. ($35 + $5.25 = $40.25 * 8.50% = $3.42)

Denver, CO $43.14

TaxRateDollars
Subtotal   $35.00
State Cannabis Retail Tax 15% $5.25
Municipal Sales Tax 3.65% $1.28
Denver Retail Marijuana Tax 3.50% $1.23
RTD Tax 1% $0.35
Cultural Tax 0.10% $0.04
 
Grand Total$43.14
 
Tax Total 23.25% $8.14

Portland, OR $42

TaxRateDollars
Subtotal   $35.00
OLCC State Tax 17% $5.95
Portland City Tax 3% $1.05
 
Grand Total$42
 
Tax Total 20% $7.00

Boston, MA $42

TaxRateDollars
Subtotal   $35.00
Excise Tax 10.75% $3.76
State Sales Tax 6.25% $2.19
Local Municipal Business Tax 3% $1.05
 
Grand Total$42
 
Tax Total 20% $7.00

Las Vegas, NV $41.39

TaxRateDollars
Subtotal   $35.00
Recreational Cannabis State Tax 10% $3.50
Sales Tax 8.25% $2.89
 
Grand Total$41.39
 
Tax Total 18.25% $6.39