The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the state of Illinois released purchasing numbers from the first day of legal recreational cannabis sales.
Dispensaries in Illinois (for a list, click here) sold $3,176,256 in marijuana products and completed 77,128 purchases of cannabis.
Thousands of Illinois residents (and some out-of-state tourist) lined up early January 1 in the cold to be among the first to purchase cannabis.
For the few days, Sunnyside has stopped customers from lining up for entrance around 3 p.m. in order to server each customer already in line before closing at 10 p.m.
At the MOCA Modern Cannabis on West Fullerton Avenue in Chicago January 1, the dispensary hosted at times more than four-hour waiting lines and eventually sold out of recreational supplies of flower cannabis.
On the first day of sales, costumers standing in line to enter Dispensary 33 in Chicago warmed themselves with heat lamps.
Senior advisor to the governor for cannabis control, Toi Hutchinson said in a statement, “As we start a new decade, Illinois has achieved a monumental milestone, launching the legalization of cannabis in a way that includes communities left behind for far too long, creates good jobs and expunges thousands of records for those who have lost out on opportunities and ends prohibition.”
According to state officials, estimated cannabis sales could generate $250 million for Illinois by 2022.
UPDATED: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced that the first week of cannabis sales totaled nearly $11 million.
Here are the first five day totals.
DATE SALES # OF TRANSACTIONS
Jan. 1 $3,176,256.71 77,128
Jan. 2 $2,252,586.51 56,762
Jan. 3 $2,209,065.01 55,161
Jan. 4 $2,004,019.43 51,174
Jan. 5 $1,189,252.18 30,954
TOTAL $10,830,667.91 271,169