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Illinois recreational marijuana sales exceed $37M in April


CHICAGO (WEEK) -- Preliminary numbers for Illinois recreational marijuana sales in April totaled $37,260,497.89, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced Monday.

The IDFPR says 818,954 items were sold over the 30-day period, with Illinois residents spending $29,735,650.41 and out-of-state sales totaled $7,524,847.47.

Both sides of the cannabis industry were included as essential businesses during the governor's stay-at-home order amid the novel coronavirus pandemic to ensure the cannabis supplier industry protects medical cannabis patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a release by the IDFPR.

Additionally, the revenue generated by adultuse cannabis sales funds the social justice and equity goals, the release stated.

“Our top priority is to ensure consumers are safe when they go to a dispensary to purchase cannabis,” said Toi Hutchinson, senior advisor for cannabis control to Gov. JB Pritzker. “The steps we’ve taken to increase social distancing at dispensaries are accomplishing that, while also enabling this new industry to continue to grow. As such, curbside pickup will remain an option for medical cannabis users to obtain the product they need through May 30.”

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