Illinois’ medical marijuana market is posting record month-to-month increases across a number of categories, overcoming an initial slow start and building on recent gains, new state data show.
According to the Illinois Department of Health:
- The state’s 49 medical marijuana dispensaries saw a total of more than $36 million in retail sales for 2016.
- For the same year, cultivation centers amassed total wholesale sales of $21.9 million.
- For the month of December alone, MMJ dispensaries sold a total of $5.3 million in product, including $3.05 million in flower and $2.3 million in concentrates and infused products, the highest month-to-month dollar increase to date.
- The number of unique patients served increased dramatically in December to 9,698, a gain of 2,391 patients, or 33%, from the previous month. Patients purchased 261,656 grams of dry cannabis.
- The Illinois Department of Public Health has approved applications for nearly 15,000 patients since it started taking applications in 2014, up 12% from November, the highest increase to date.
But more recently it has shown steady, consistent increases throughout the past year. Last summer, a judge ordered PTSD added to the conditions list for MMJ patients, which could account for some of the increase in sales.