According to Illinois state officials, the coronavirus lockdown has not been keeping the state from seeing exploding marijuana sales. The state’s first full month of lockdown, April, had surpassed sales seen in the two previous months.
On Monday the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported that April adult-use cannabis sales totaled more than $37.2 million. A little more than $7.5 million of this was made by out of state residents at the state’s 50 recreational marijuana dispensaries.
April sales topped March’s $36 million in sales and February’s approximately $35 million in sales. January is still the highest month so far in sales at $39.2 million. It was the first month recreational marijuana sales became legal in the state.
“Our top priority is to ensure consumers are safe when they go to a dispensary to purchase cannabis,” said Toi Hutchinson, Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s senior adviser for cannabis control. “The steps we’ve taken to increase social distancing at dispensaries are accomplishing that, while also enabling this new industry to continue to grow.”
It was on March 20th that Pritzker issued his stay-at-home order to battle spread of the coronavirus and allowed medical and adult use cannabis dispensaries to remain open as essential businesses.
Recently Pritzker pushed back the date for issuing the next round of 75 recreational dispensary licenses. The licenses were initially expected to be issued on Friday, and a new deadline has not yet been set.