Customers spent $39.2 million on recreational marijuana during the first month of legal weed sales in Illinois, and operators say they don’t expect sales to slow down any time soon.
Sales to Illinois residents totaled more than $30.6 million, according to numbers from the state. Out-of-state residents spent more than $8.6 million. Tax revenues have not been released.
Many customers continue to show up eager to shop in a dispensary for the first time. But operators say that since sales started Jan. 1, they’ve started to figure out the cadence of serving hundreds of people a day.
At Mission South Shore marijuana dispensary in the South Chicago neighborhood, lines form most mornings. But instead of waiting hours to buy weed, people are in and out in less than 30 minutes.
“It really feels like it has normalized quite a bit,” said Kris Krane, president and co-founder of 4Front Ventures, which owns the dispensary. “I would expect that at this point, this is just kind of the new normal.”
The product shortage, which is expected to last months, shut down recreational sales at some dispensaries in early January. Buying limits remain in place at many shops, and others have limited recreational sales to two or three days a week.
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In contrast to lengthy hearings on the topic in surrounding areas, the Macon County Board on Thursday narrowly voted down allowing retailers to sell recreational cannabis in unincorporated areas — but without a single resident speaking for or against the move. The board also voted to examine the ban in a year.