Licensed cannabis dispensaries in Illinois rang up more than $1 million in cannabis sales per day in January, totaling nearly $40 million in the first month of legal recreational pot. Sales of cannabis for use by adults began January 1 after Illinois became the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana in June.
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported on Monday that sales of cannabis products for the 31 days of January came to a total of $39,247,840.83, with more than $8.6 million in purchases being made by visitors from out of state. The total number of cannabis products sold during the month was 972,045.
“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, Gov. J. B. Pritzker’s senior advisor for cannabis control in a press release. “The administration is dedicated to providing multiple points of entry into this new industry, from dispensary owners to transporters, to ensure legalization is equitable and accessible for all Illinoisans.”
At the Mission South Shore cannabis dispensary in Chicago’s South Side, patrons waited in line for