Illinois just kicked off legal recreational marijuana sales at the beginning of the year and already some stores are stopping sales after running out of product.
The state’s marijuana shops have sold over $10.8 million worth of recreational marijuana in the first five days of sales.
According to the state, customers had made over 271,000 purchases during this time.
Sales were strong throughout the week, with the lowest sales tally coming Sunday at almost $1.2 million, according to figures from Illinois.
“The demand was huge,” commented Neal McQueeney, principal officer of Midway Dispensary near Midway Airport. “We knew we were going to run out. It was a matter of when, not if.”
The state’s medical marijuana patient has about doubled over the last year and Illinois requires by law that dispensaries make sure they have enough marijuana for these patients.
Thirty-seven dispensaries started selling recreational weed in the first week of the year.
“It didn’t matter how much you had, you’re going to run out,” said Keith McGinnis, principal officer of NuMed. “You can set limits, purchasing limits, but still you’re going to run out.”
Both NuMed and Midway Dispensary stopped recreational sales over the weekend.
We have limited supplies left,” said Jason Erkes, spokesman for Cresco Labs. “We’re certainly out of some products and some strains, but we put rations in place at the beginning when things launched to make sure we could stretch our products as far as we can to make sure we serve as many recreational customers as we can.”
“Right now, all the cultivators in the state are ramping up their production and expanding their facilities so there will be deliveries that come in on a regular basis for the next couple of months,” Erkes said. “But spring is really when we’ll see all that product come to market.”