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Record amount of marijuana sold in state in August

DENVER — Marijuana stores in the state sold a record amount of medical and recreational pot in August, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Legal shops sold $126 million worth of marijuana in the 31 days, breaking the previous monthly record of $122.67 million sold in July.

The Department of Revenue said $84.7 million in recreational marijuana was sold and $41.4 million in medical sales were recorded in the month. In August 2015, recreational sales were $59.2 million and medical sales were $41.4 million.

In the first eight months this year, the marijuana industry has racked up $846.5 million in sales, with $124.9 million of that in tax revenue. In the first eight months in 2015, sales were just more than $639 million.

Tax revenue goes toward educational capital construction grants and health programs.

In 2014, the first full year of recreational marijuana sales in the state, total sales were $699.2 million with tax revenue of $76.2 million.