Colorado pot businesses sold a record amount of marijuana in January, resulting in an excise tax of $2.3 million designated for public schools, state officials said Wednesday. Based on the Colorado Department of Revenue data, around $35 million of recreational marijuana was sold this January compared to about $14 million sold the same month last year. The numbers, reported by the Colorado Department of Revenue, show that January’s school-designated pot excise tax is more than 10 times the amount in January 2014, when the state first collected the tax on wholesale marijuana transfers.From December to January, the school tax sum jumped up about 21 percent, from $1.9 million to $2.3 million. In January 2014, the state collected $195,318 in taxes allotted for school construction capital.Nick Brown, left, owner of High Country Healing, left behind counter, looks over strains of marijuana called Golden Goat, right and Chem Dawg #4, left, while employee James Gilbert helps customers at High Country Healing in Silverthorne, January 6, 2014. (Helen H. Richardson, Denver Post file photo)In January 2014, medical marijuana sales were higher than January 2015 with sales decreasing from about $31 million to around $27 million this year.In total, the amount of taxes, licenses and fees stemming from medical and recreational marijuana sales amounts to $8.8 million this January.Last year — the first year of legal recreational pot sales — Colorado pot businesses sold nearly $700 million of marijuana. That amounted to $385.9 million for medical marijuana and $313.2 million for recreational cannabis.Elizabeth Hernandez: 303-954-1223, ehernandez@denverpost.com or twitter.com/ehernandez – Click Here To Visit Article Source