Some Illinois marijuana stores run out of product in first days of sales

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A few adult-use cannabis retailers around Illinois stopped selling over the weekend and plan to remain closed for at least part of this week as they deal with product shortages.

Recreational marijuana sales began in the state on Jan. 1, and sales almost reached $3.2 million on the first day. Sales fell to just under $2.3 million on the second day.

It is unclear when the retail stores that stopped selling will start again, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“The demand was huge,” Neal McQueeney, principal officer of Midway Dispensary near Midway International Airport told the newspaper.

“We knew we were going to run out. It was a matter of when, not if.”

Because demand was expected to outstrip a limited supply, shortages had been expected.