Cannabis Sales Explode Across Illinois Since The Opening of Recreational Dispensaries in 2020

Cannabis Sales Explode Across Illinois Since The Opening of Recreational Dispensaries in 2020

Published on 3/13/20

In 2019, Illinois made history by becoming the first state to legalize recreational cannabis through an act of the state legislature. Until then, states had only legalized the adult use of recreational marijuana through a statewide ballot, making the Illinois Regulation and Tax Act a landmark victory for cannabis activists everywhere. 

Nearly one year after this historic vote, Illinois recreational dispensaries got the green light to open their doors to the public, with the state beginning the sale of legal recreational weed for the first time in over a hundred years. As of January 1st, 2020, recreational marijuana dispensaries in the state of Illinois can now sell cannabis to any adult over the age of 21. 

Illinois is Making Millions in Tax Revenue From Recreational Marijuana 

The end of cannabis prohibition in Illinois has revolutionized the state, not only allowing cannabis enthusiasts and medical patients to enjoy their plant in peace, but also providing more funding for schools, roadways and social equity programs. 

The Illinois Department of Revenue reported that in January alone, it brought in over $10 million in tax revenue from the sale of cannabis, which reached over $40 million in total sales. The first 3 months of recreational sales have shown that the Illinois marijuana industry is here to stay, with the state having some of the highest initial sales numbers of any state who has legalized the adult use of cannabis in the last 10 years.  

Today, dispensaries are generating over $1 million a day from the sale of recreational cannabis, with a growth rate exceeding any other industry in the Land of Lincoln. Dispensary owners and cannabis entrepreneurs are ecstatic about the widespread success of weed sales throughout Illinois, with many optimistic for the future of marijauna after the successful launch of recreational cannabis in the state. 

Cannabis Cultivators in Illinois Can't Keep Up With The Growing Demand For Marijauna in the State

Business is booming, not only for dispensary owners but also for cannabis cultivators in the Prairie State. The roaring cannabis market has skyrocketed demand for top-shelf flower and other products in Illinois, with many growers scrambling to increase their yields in a short time frame.

The exploding demand for marijauna and the limited supply have caused prices to soar, with premium flower selling for increased prices to the Illinois public. 

It is not surprising that cultivators are having trouble meeting demand, as previous to Jan 1, 2020, there were only 100,000 legal medical patients who could purchase marijuana in the state. Today, there are over 8 million residents who are eager to get their hands on some of Illinois' finest cannabis, creating a demand that has since far outpaced supply. 

Financial experts in the state project that cannabis sales will top $3 billion in the first year alone, which would bring nearly $700 million in tax revenue for Illinois. Many speculate that the cannabis industry could be one of the biggest economic drivers which could turn the tide for the previously struggling state. 

The major sales push in many Illinois cities has come from tourists purchasing legal weed, as many of Illinois neighboring states still carry heavy legal troubles for those who want to enjoy cannabis

Numerous marijuana activists are hopeful that the smooth rollout and groundbreaking success of the Illinois legal cannabis program will encourage other states and the federal government to increase their legalization efforts later this year.    

Where You Can Find Newly Opened Recreational Dispensaries in Illinois 

Whether you are a long time resident of Illinois or a first time visitor, knowing where to find the best legal recreational weed in the state is vital when making your first cannabis purchase. Here is where you can find newly opened legal marijuana stores across the state of Illinois. 

Recreational Dispensaries in Addison, IL

  • EarthMed
    852 S. Westgate St., Addison, IL 60101
  • Mindful
    1433 W Fullerton Ave., Ste C, Addison, IL 60101

Recreational Dispensaries in Anna, IL

  • Thrive Anna
    87 Richview Dr., Anna, IL 62906

Recreational Dispensaries in Arlington Heights, IL

  • Verilife
    1816 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Recreational Dispensaries in Buffalo Grove, IL

  • Sunnyside
    1623 Barclay Blvd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Recreational Dispensaries in Canton, IL

  • Rise - Canton
    3104 N. Main Street, Canton, Illinois 61520

Recreational Dispensaries in Champaign, IL

  • Sunnyside
    1704 S Neil St. C, Champaign, IL 61820

Recreational Dispensaries in Chicago, IL

  • Columbia Care
    4758 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60630
  • Consume: Chicago
    6428 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60631
  • Dispensary33
    5001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
  • Maribis of Chicago
    4570 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60632
  • Midway Dispensary
    5648 S. Archer Ave., Chicago, IL 60638
  • Mission Illinois
    8554 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago, IL 60617
  • MOCA Modern Cannabis
    2847 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
  • NuMed Chicago
    1308 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60642
  • Sunnyside
    3812 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613
  • The Herbal Care Center
    1301 S. Western Ave., Chicago, 60608

Recreational Dispensaries in Collinsville, IL

  • Illinois Supply and Provisions
    1014 Eastport Plaza Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234

Recreational Dispensaries in Effingham, IL

  • The Clinic Effingham
    1101 Ford Ave. Ste. C, Effingham, IL

Recreational Dispensaries in Elmwood Park, IL

  • Sunnyside
    7955 W. Grand Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Recreational Dispensaries in Evanston, IL

  • MedMen
    1804 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

Recreational Dispensaries in Harrirsburg, IL

  • Thrive Harrisburg
    105 Veterans Drive, Harrisburg, IL 62946

Recreational Dispensaries in Homewood, IL

  • Windy City Cannabis Club
    1137 W. 175th St., Homewood, IL 60430

Recreational Dispensaries in Joliet, IL

  • 3C Compassionate Care Center - Joliet
    1627 Rock Creek Blvd., Joliet, IL 60431
  • Rise - Joliet
    2903 Colorado Ave., Joliet, IL 60431

Recreational Dispensaries in Justice, IL

  • Windy City Cannabis Club
    8340 S. Roberts Rd., Justice, IL 60458

Recreational Dispensaries in Marion, IL

  • Harbory
    8195 Express Dr., Marion, IL 62959

Recreational Dispensaries in Milan, IL

  • Nature's Treatment
    973 Tech Dr., Milan, IL 61264

Recreational Dispensaries in Morris, IL

  • Greenhouse Group
    2400 W. US Route 6, Morris, IL 60450

Recreational Dispensaries in Mt. Prospect, IL

  • New Age Care
    2015 E. Euclid Ave., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Recreational Dispensaries in Mundelein, IL

  • Rise - Mundelein
    1325 Armour Boulevard, Mundelein, Illinois 60060

Recreational Dispensaries in Naperville, IL

  • 3C Compassionate Care Center - Naperville
    1700 Quincy Ave. #103, Naperville, IL 60540

Recreational Dispensaries in Normal, IL

  • The Green Solution
    501 W Northtown Rd., Normal, IL 61761

Recreational Dispensaries in Oak Park, IL

  • Seven Point
    1132 Lake St., Oak Park, IL 60301

Recreational Dispensaries in Ottawa, IL

  • Verilife
    4104 Columbus St., Ottawa, IL 61350

Recreational Dispensaries in Peoria, IL

  • NuMed East Peoria
    504 Riverside Dr., East Peoria, IL 61611
  • Trinity Compassionate Care Centers
    3125 N. University St., Ste. B, Peoria, IL 61604

Recreational Dispensaries in Posen, IL

  • Windy City Cannabis Club
    2535 Veterans Dr., Posen, IL 60469

Recreational Dispensaries in North Aurora, IL

  • Verilife
    161 S. Lincolnway Ste 301, North Aurora, IL 60542

Recreational Dispensaries in Quincy, IL

  • Herbal Remedies Dispensary
    44440 Broadway St. Ste. 1, Quincy, IL 62305
  • Rise - Quincy
    2703 Broadway St., Quincy, IL 62301

Recreational Dispensaries in Rockford, IL

  • Mapleglen Care Center
    4777 Stenstrom Rd., Rockford, IL 61109
  • Sunnyside
    2696 McFarland Rd, Rockford, IL 61107

Recreational Dispensaries in Rolling Meadows, IL

  • Nature's Care Company
    975 Rohlwing Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

Recreational Dispensaries in Romeoville, IL

  • Verilife
    1335 Lakeside Dr. Unit 4, Romeoville, IL 60446

Recreational Dispensaries in Sauget, IL

  • The Green Solution
    2021 Goose Lake Road, Sauget, IL 62206

Recreational Dispensaries in Springfield, IL

  • Illinois Supply and Provisions
    628 E. Adams St., Springfield, IL 62701
  • Maribis of Springfield
    2272 North Grand Ave., East Grandview, IL 62702

Recreational Dispensaries in St. Charles, IL

  • Zen Leaf St. Charles
    3714 Illinois Ave. St., Charles, IL 60174

Recreational Dispensaries in Urbana, IL

  • NuMed Urbana
    105 E. University Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Recreational Dispensaries in Worth, IL

  • Windy City Cannabis Club
    11425 S. Harlem Ave., Worth, IL 60425
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