Weed shortages are common after legalization but may continue in Illinois for a year or more

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Legal
marijuana
shortages
in
Illinois
are
expected
to
last
six
months
to
a
year
or
more,
industry
members
warn,
due
to
a
lack
of
production
capacity
in
the
state.

The long
lines,
product
shortages
and
store
closures
 seen
since
the
state
authorized
legal
sales
starting
on
New
Year’s
Day
are
not
unusual
for
newly
legal
markets.
But
the
tight
market
is
expected
to
continue
longer
than
in
other
states
in
part
because
Illinois
has
only
21
cultivation
warehouses,
far
fewer
than
in
many
other
states
with
legal
cannabis.

Shortages
also
stem
from
other
factors,
including
the
state’s
previously
small
but
rapidly
growing
medical
market,
the
limited
number
of
stores
and
having
just
six
months
to
prepare.

One
of
the
chief
sponsors
of
the
law,
state
Sen.
Heather
Steans,
said
initial
shortages
were
to
be
expected
following
similar
experiences
in
other
states.

“Hopefully,
within
six
months
or
a
year
or
two,
the
supply
gets
ramped
up
so
you’re
not
having
the
same
challenges,”
Steans
said.
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