Illinois Generates Nearly $35 Million In Marijuana Sales In February

Rachel Pierson
March 05, 2020 - 7:39 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois pot dispensary sales dropped in February as the cannabis shortages continue.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced Wednesday preliminary numbers show statewide adult-use cannabis sales in February totaled nearly $35 million ($34,805,072.01). That is $5 million less than sales in January. 

A majority of sales were to Illinois residents ($25,615,371), but out-of-state buyers made up about a third of the total sales in February at roughly $9 million ($9,189,701.01).

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation report that dispensaries across the state 831,600 items over the 29-day period.

“These numbers show there continues to be a strong demand across the state as the most equitycentric cannabis program in the country moves forward in Illinois,” said Toi Hutchinson, Senior Advisor for Cannabis Control to Gov. Pritzker, in a statement. “As the adult use cannabis industry continues to grow, so will the number of opportunities for consumers and entrepreneurs alike – especially those from communities who suffered the most during the failed war on drugs.”

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is currently accepting applications for cannabis infuser, craft grower and transporter licenses. All applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The applications are available on the Department's website.

These figures do not include taxes collected. A portion of every cannabis sale will be reinvested in communities harmed most by the failed war on drugs.