Illinois Medical Marijuana Sales Start Strong

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The first eight medical marijuana dispensaries to open in Illinois sold nearly $211,000 worth of cannabis combined during their first few days of sales.

The state’s medical marijuana program director said the dispensaries served 806 customers who bought some 460 ounces of marijuana, or about a half an ounce per person on average, from Nov. 9 through Nov. 13,  according to the Associated Press.

 This suggests that the average price per ounce was about $450. Illinois monitors sales through a statewide digital tracking system.

With less than a quarter of eligible patients registered, industry observers are encouraged by the figures.

Through Nov. 4, about 3,300 patients had been approved by the state for MMJ cards, out of nearly 4,300 who had submitted applications.

To date, nine dispensaries have officially been licensed. The state expects that between 20 to 25 dispensaries will be open by the end of the year.

Sales figures for wholesalers, who pay a 7% state tax, aren’t yet available.