Wednesday marks the first year of recreational marijuana in Washington state. Sales so far have exceeded $250 million. And the state made more than $65 million in taxes.
Beyond the tax money, Washington state has been able to prevent youth access to marijuana. It's also stopped the product from being diverted to the black market.
That’s according to Brian Smith, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.
“If you judge Washington by that measure, I would say that we’ve been very successful in creating the rules that govern that system,” says Smith.