Adult-use marijuana sales in Illinois exceeded $120 million in August, state officials reported on Thursday. It’s the second-highest sales record since the state’s recreational market launched last year and the sixth month in a row that sales surpassed $100 million. Illinois saw $121,933,542 in cannabis purchases last month, with $81,275,830 coming from in-state residents and $40,657,711 from out-of-state visitors. The total sales are slightly lower compared to July’s nearly $128 million hauls, but retailers had partially attributed the record-breaking sales that month to the music festival Lollapalooza. Data from the state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has revealed how the adult-use market has evolved since retailers opened up—with sales consistently trending upward even in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. All told, consumers bought 2,702,230 individual recreational marijuana items in August. The new figures do not include sales of medical cannabis, which are tracked separately by a different agency. If the trend continues, the state is on track to see more than $1 billion in adult-use marijuana sales in 2021.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 09/02/2021 13:36:00