Marijuana sales reached $1.3 billion in Colorado in 2016

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DENVER — Marijuana is now a $1 billion industry in Colorado.

New numbers from the Colorado Department of Revenue show recreational and medical marijuana sales reached $1.3 billion in 2016.

Monthly sales surpassed $100 million in eight of the 12 months last year. The upward trend in marijuana sales is expected to continue this year, officials said.

Tax revenue figures that was generated by the sales have not been released.