SPRINGFIELD – Recreational cannabis sales hit a record high of $ 137,896,859 million in December, more than the record of $ 128 million in July, according to data from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
December sales were up 14% versus November.
That year, recreational sales topped $ 1.37 billion, more than double what it saw in 2020, the first year of legal sales in Illinois, when the state sold a total of $ 1.03 billion in cannabis products, including $ 669 million in recreational marijuana and $ 366 in medical distribution.
The state’s 110 pharmacies sold more than 30 million cannabis products in 2021, with nearly a third of recreational cannabis revenue coming from customers outside the state or more than $ 436 million. The total for the states was more than $ 943 million.
In the first eleven months of the year, patients spent $ 362 million on prescribed cannabis products and medical marijuana. The state is well on its way to achieving total retail cannabis sales of nearly $ 1.8 billion in 2021.
Illinois is one of 18 states that have legalized recreational marijuana, which is still federal law. Illinois legalized the sale of medical marijuana in 2015.
Illinois raffled 185 new recreational pharmacy licenses in early 2021, aimed at social justice claimants, but the release of those licenses has been delayed by lawsuits in the Cook County Circuit Court.