Washington's month-old legal marijuana market is moving ahead in fits and starts, with inventory still scarce.
State-licensed growers, processors and stores took in $3.6 million over the first 30 days of sales between July 8 and August 6, the most recent available numbers.
On top of that was a 25 percent tax that goes to state government: $899,000.
Those figures don't include regular sales taxes and business taxes that go to state and local governments.
"It's off to a healthy start, considering that the system isn't fully up and running yet," said Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington Liquor Control Board.
The state Liquor Control Board has issued licenses to roughly 200 applicants. Some 150 of those are producers, approved to grow roughly 1.5 million square feet of plants at a time. But only a fraction of them have been licensed and operational long enough to grow, harvest, dry, process, package and ship their crop.
That means many of the retailers haven't been able to secure enough pot to open. Of the 40 stores licensed to open, only 18 were selling pot in July, and 16 of them have reported sales so far in August.
The licensed retailers include three in Bellingham and one in Maple Falls, and just one in the state's biggest city, Seattle. Only two of the Bellingham stores — Top Shelf Cannabis and 2020 Solutions — are open.
During the first month of retail marijuana sales in Colorado, the state collected closer to $2 million in excise and sales taxes.
Like Colorado, Washington will tax marijuana in two ways: sales taxes and excise taxes.
Excise taxes are paid at three different points in the process: When the grower transfers the marijuana to the processor, when the processor transfers it to the store and when the retailer sells it to the consumer. The tax rate at all three points is 25 percent.
The Legislature is not banking on any marijuana revenue until the next fiscal year begins in July 2015. They have forecast tax collections totaling $122 million in the next two-year state budget cycle.
The state of Colorado has collected $29.8 million in all marijuana taxes, fees and licenses since recreational sales became legal in January. That number includes medical marijuana taxes.
About $24.7 million worth of recreational pot was sold in June in Colorado, the state reported Friday. Colorado's July tax collections have not yet been reported.
Associated Press contributed to this report.