Report: First month of Illinois pot sales netted nearly $40M
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois marijuana dispensaries sold nearly $40 million worth of recreational weed during the state’s first month of legal sales, according to figures released Monday by the state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Illinois residents bought more than $30.6 million in January, while out-of-state visitor sales totaled $8.6 million, the report shows. Dispensaries sold over 970,000 products.
“The successful launch of the Illinois’ legal cannabis industry represents new opportunities for entrepreneurs and the very communities that have historically been harmed by the failed war on drugs,” said Toi Hutchinson, Senior Advisor for Cannabis Control to Gov. Pritzker. The pace of sales slowed considerably from the first days of legalization. On Jan. 1, operators sold $3.2 million in pot products. By Jan. 5, total sales hit $10.8 million.
Since then, customers and dispensaries have complained about a dearth of available marijuana products. Those products are the most popular with both medical and recreational users, said some store owners, who were lawfully forced to reserve flower for patients.
However, even those with medical cards said they are having trouble with getting the products.
This Jan. 1 file photo shows a display case of cannabis edibles at the Sunnyside marijuana dispensary in Chicago.