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Colorado pot sales hit a record $1.5 billion in 2017, and border towns saw a green rush from neighbo

Interstate traffic, notably visitors from New Mexico and Texas, are what drive booming sales to Las Animas County.

Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post - Downtown Trinidad is seen on Dec. 2, 2010.

Colorado marijuana shops raked in a record $1.51 billion sales of medical and recreational cannabis, edibles and concentrate products during 2017, according to Colorado Department of Revenue data released Friday. Adult-use sales topped $1.09 billion during the year, with the remaining $416.52 million coming from medical marijuana. Colorado collected upward of $247 million in taxes and fees revenue from marijuana sales, according to state finance data. The previous record was in 2016, when marijuana shops did $1.3 billion in sales. Sales were $996 mil