Marijuana smokers in Colorado will be able to legally light up from January 1, but they'll have to pay the state government for the pleasure following a statewide vote.

Voters in the Rocky Mountain state approved a ballot measure to tax legally sold recreational marijuana, with a 15 per cent excise levy on wholesale deals and a sales tax of up to 15 per cent on retail sales. The two taxes are projected to bring in $US70 million ($AU73.92…