Illinois’ recreational marijuana sales near $11 million

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Adult-use cannabis retailers in Illinois have sold almost $11 million of recreational marijuana since sales began Jan. 1.

According to state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the 37 licensed recreational marijuana stores registered more than 271,000 transactions since the launch of Illinois’ rec industry.

On the first day alone, sales nearly reached $3.2 million. Sales were so brisk in the first few days, in fact, that some retail MJ stores ran out of supply and needed to temporarily close.

A portion of adult-use marijuana sales is returned to a community reinvestment fund for social equity programs for the Illinois market, said Toi Hutchinson, senior adviser to the governor for cannabis control, CNN reported.