Illinois

Fri
22
May

New Poll Shows Those Living In Cannabis-Legal States Consider The Law Successful

For residents in states that have legalized marijuana, the grass is indeed greener on their side.

That’s the takeaway from new polling data released earlier this month. The survey, from pollster YouGov, found that in “many states where recreational cannabis is legal, a plurality of citizens believes these laws have been more of a success than a failure overall.” 

Fri
22
May

Marijuana Industry Soars In Midwest, Even As Pandemic Lockdown Continues

As Illinois went through its first full month of coronavirus-related lockdown, an interesting thing happened with marijuana sales. Rather than drop, recreational marijuana sales reached $37.7 million, the highest total sales since Illinois legalized adult-use cannabis in January of 2020.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s can take credit for the soaring sales - or, at least, for not impeding them. Rather than close dispensaries, Pritzker made them an essential business, allowing them to stay open even as he put the state under stay-at-home orders that now extend through May.

Fri
15
May

Poll: Respondents in Adult-Use Marijuana States Say Legalization Has Been Successful

Most adults living in states where marijuana use is legal view the policy change as successful, according to state-specific polling data compiled by YouGov.com.

Respondents in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, and Washington were asked their opinion regarding whether their state’s adult-use legalization policy “has been a success or a failure.”

Tue
05
May

Illinois marijuana dispensaries sold almost $37.3 million of legal weed in April

llinois marijuana dispensaries -- designated as essential during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- sold almost $37.3 million worth of legal weed in April.

Fri
01
May

COVID-19 Delays Illinois Cannabis Licenses

State regulators in Illinois announced on Wednesday that they will delay awarding licenses for 75 new recreational marijuana dispensaries because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) said that the licenses, which were scheduled to be awarded on May 1, will be postponed until after disaster proclamations from Gov. J.B. Pritzker expire or when the state sets a new date. The governor is expected to sign an executive order this week that will extend the state’s stay-at-home order and closure of nonessential businesses through the end of May.

Thu
30
Apr

Illinois Temporarily Suspends Deadline to Issue Up to 75 New Cannabis Dispensary Licenses

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s administration announced a temporary suspension of the May 1 deadline to issue up to 75 new cannabis dispensary licenses.

According to a press release, that requirement, codified in the state law that legalized recreational cannabis in Illinois, will be suspended by executive order through the end of the ongoing disaster proclamation in the state, or until the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation sets a new date.

Wed
22
Apr

A look at both sides of the fight for equity in Chicago’s legal cannabis industry

As the marijuana business continues to boom across the state, Black Chicagoans still suffer from the lingering wounds of the U.S. government’s War on Drugs campaign that ran from the 1970s to the 1990s. Meanwhile, the state of Illinois raked in nearly $110M during the first quarter of legal recreational cannabis sales. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) recently announced that the state made $35.9 million in cannabis sales in March alone.

Thu
16
Apr

Illinois Pot Taxes Supporting Rural Pharmacies During Outbreak

Rural pharmacies in Illinois are receiving financial support from cannabis taxes earmarked for the state’s ‘rainy day fund,’ officials announced recently. Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza announced last month that nearly $1 million would be released to critical access pharmacies providing essential services to rural communities during the ongoing public health emergency.

Mon
13
Apr

Illinois Releases 2019 Hemp Season Statistics

Final harvest numbers from the 2019 hemp growing season in Illinois have been made available by the state’s Department of Agriculture (IDOA).

For the season last year, IDOA issued 651 hemp grower licenses – but not all put in a crop, with 137 licence holders failing to do so for whatever reasons.

Among those that did, a total of 2.27 million pounds of total yield was produced. Breaking that yield down:

Mon
06
Apr

The Illinois Cannabis Market Is Strong, But Shortages Will Persist For Months

Illinois’ new recreational marijuana market is off to a hot start even amid the spread of coronavirus. Earlier this week, the state announced nearly $36 million worth of legal cannabis was sold in March — on par with numbers from February.

March may be two days longer, but it was also when the coronavirus outbreak worsened in Illinois and the rest of the country. Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered all nonessential businesses to close and residents to stay at home partway through the month. 

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