Illinois dispensaries sold more than $19.7 million in recreational marijuana the first 12 days of sales

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Marijuana
shops
sold
more
than
$19.7
million
in
recreational
weed
the
first
12
days
of
sales
in
Illinois.

The
state
said
consumers
made
more
than
495,000
purchases
during
that
time.

Sales
figures
were
highest
on
the
first
day,
Jan.
1,
at
almost
$3.2
million,
and
dropped
off
steadily
in
the
following
days.

Friday,
Jan.
10,
and
Saturday,
Jan.
11,
each
brought
in
more
than
$1.6
million
in
sales.
But
sales
were
roughly
half
of
that
on
Sunday,
Jan.
12,
when
some
marijuana
shops
were
closed.

The
first
day
of
sales
was
one
of
the
strongest
in
the
history
of
legal
weed,
and
the
superlatives
continued.

Illinois’
first
week
of
recreational
sales,
which
saw
nearly
$12.9
million
in
purchases,
topped
all
other
states.
Oregon
came
the
closest,
with
$11
million
worth
of
legal
weed
sold
the
first
week,
said
Bethany
Gomez,
managing
director
of
cannabis
research
firm
Brightfield
Group.
Colorado
stores
did
$5
million
their
first
week.

“$19
million
in
less
than
two
weeks
is
really
strong,
especially
given
all
the
challenges
that
Illinois
faces
in
terms
of
supply
shortages,”
Gomez
said.
“It
is
a
really
strong
indication
that
the
market
is
going
to
be
very,
very
healthy
here.”
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