Illinois' legal weed tally: $3.2 million on first day

The state gets about 30 percent of the take in tax revenue, while municipalities get an extra 3 percent.

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Illinois marijuana sellers sold $3.2 million in cannabis-related products yesterday, the first day of legal recreational weed sales79彩票注册网址 in the state.

79彩票注册网址"The significance of yesterday was, it was the end of prohibition and the beginning of how we hope to grow a new industry in Illinois," Toi Hutchinson, cannabis adviser to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, said today.

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79彩票注册网址The state estimated there were more than 77,000 purchases of marijuana-related products yesterday.

79彩票注册网址Illinois’ revenue total on the first day was roughly double the entire first week in Michigan. But Michigan had only about a half-dozen stores open when it began recreational sales Dec. 1. Illinois had more than 40 dispensaries licensed to sell recreational marijuana, including 10 in the city of Chicago.

Nevada recorded about $3 million in sales during its first four days of recreational sales in 2017, according to .

Oregon did in opening day sales in 2015.

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The state didn’t provide tax revenue, but it gets about 30 percent of total sales; municipalities get an extra 3 percent. 

79彩票注册网址Lines were long at dispensaries in the Chicago area, stretching several blocks at some of the busiest locations in the city, and meandering around buildings and across parking lots in the suburbs.

79彩票注册网址Cresco Labs said it had about 400 people in line this morning at its Sunnyside shop in Wrigleyville.

79彩票注册网址“The lines (of customers) show demand, which means there’s an incredible opportunity for this industry to grow for new people to come in,” Hutchinson said during a press conference at the Thompson Center, where applicants for 75 new dispensary licenses were still filing in.

79彩票注册网址The deadline to apply for 75 licenses, which will be issued in May, was extended from noon to 4 p.m. today to handle demand. Hundreds of people streamed into the Thompson Center, filling a basement auditorium where they waited before being led upstairs to file their paperwork with the Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.

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