Illinois Sets Recreational Marijuana Sales Record in September 2023

Hey there, fellow cannabis enthusiasts! I’ve got some blazing news to share with you today. Illinois is on fire, but not in the way you might think. Nope, it’s all about those green leaves and sweet, sweet marijuana sales.

Marijuana Sales Record: Illinois Smokes the Competition

Setting the Stage

So, let’s dive right into it. According to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), in September 2023, Illinois retailers set a new record by selling nearly 3.7 million adult-use cannabis products. Yeah, you read that right – 3.7 million! That’s more products than they’ve ever sold in a single month since sales started back in January 2020.

Show Me the Money

Now, you might be wondering just how much moolah they raked in. Well, get ready to be impressed because the total spent by consumers in September was a whopping $139.5 million. That’s some serious green, my friends. And guess what? It’s the third-highest monthly sales amount since the legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois.

But here’s the kicker: out of that $139.5 million, a staggering $105.1 million worth of products went to in- residents. That’s right, folks; the locals are loving their marijuana.

Out-of-State Visitors Are Joining the Party

But it’s not just the Illinois residents who are getting in on the action. Visitors from out of state contributed significantly to these record-breaking numbers, accounting for about 24.7 percent of the purchases. That’s approximately $34.5 million worth of cannabis goodies going to folks from across state lines.

Medical Marijuana Still Going Strong

Now, you might be wondering about the medical marijuana scene. Well, that’s still thriving too. In August, the most recent month for which data is available, monthly medical marijuana sales in Illinois hit $26.5 million. That breaks down to $12.6 million in dry flower sales and $13.9 million in concentrates and infused products.

Out of the 138,408 active medical cardholders in August, a whopping 64,126 unique buyers visited licensed dispensaries. That’s about 46 percent of the cardholders, showing that medical marijuana is still a big deal in the Land of Lincoln.

High Prices, but Higher Sales

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “But dude, aren’t people in Illinois paying a lot for their cannabis?” Well, yeah, they are, but Governor J.B. Pritzker doesn’t seem too worried about it. He’s pointing out the steady growth of the and the fact that they’re pulling in some serious cash from out-of-state buyers. So, even though the prices might be steep, it’s all good in the hood.

Illinois Leading the Way

Illinois is not the only state making headlines in the cannabis world. Other states are also seeing some record-breaking sales. For example, in New Mexico, monthly sales in September came close to breaking a record set in August, with the state crossing the half-billion-dollar mark in total adult-use sales.

And let’s not forget Rhode Island, which had a record-setting August with its highest cannabis sales for the fourth consecutive month, reaching $9.7 million.

The Green Wave Keeps Rolling

Montana joined the party too, with adult-use cannabis purchases breaking a record at $23.7 million in August. However, it was a different story for medical marijuana, with sales at their lowest, just $5.0 million, since recreational opened early last year.

Connecticut didn’t want to be left out either, as it broke another marijuana sales record in August, with $25 million worth of medical and adult-use cannabis purchases, according to state data.

Maine, too, saw marijuana sales reach a record high in August, with nearly $22 million worth of purchases, according to recent data from the state Office of Cannabis Policy (OCP).

Maryland Joins the Club

Even got in on the action, announcing that the state broke another marijuana sales record in August, with nearly $92 million worth of cannabis products sold during the state’s second month of legal adult-use sales.

Massachusetts Leading the Pack

Let’s not forget Massachusetts, where reported that retailers have now sold more than $5 billion in adult-use marijuana since the state’s recreational market launched five years ago. Sales reached $139.3 million in August alone, with the year-to-date total at $1.05 billion within the first eight months of 2023.

The Illinois High Roller

But back to our friends in Illinois. They really outdid themselves in July, selling $140 million worth of products. That’s the strongest sales of the year and the second-highest monthly total for the state since the adult-use market launched in 2020.

Michigan didn’t want to be left out either, with marijuana sales hitting another record high in July, totaling nearly $277 million.

In Missouri, retailers have been selling about $4 million worth of marijuana per day on average since the state’s adult-use market opened up in February. The state saw a record $121.2 million in cannabis purchases in .

In Conclusion

So, there you have it, my fellow cannabis aficionados. Illinois is setting the standard for marijuana sales, with September 2023 being a month to remember. They’ve shown that when it comes to cannabis, the sky’s the limit.

Thanks to Ben Adlin for bringing us this smokin’ hot news. Keep your eyes peeled for more from the world of weed, and as always, stay lifted and enjoy responsibly!

More Marijuana Sales Record News

  • **Illinois Isn’t Alone**: Other States Breaking Records
    • *New Mexico*: Coming close to breaking records in September.
    • *Rhode Island*: Achieving record-breaking sales for the fourth consecutive month.
    • *Montana*: Hitting a record high in August for adult-use cannabis purchases.
    • *Connecticut*: Breaking another marijuana sales record in August.
    • *Maine*: Setting a new record in August for marijuana sales.
    • *Maryland*: Joining the record-breaking club with impressive sales in August.
    • *Massachusetts*: Leading the pack with over $5 billion in total adult-use marijuana sales.

Q&A – Your Burning Questions Answered

Q1: Why are Illinois marijuana sales hitting record highs?

A1: Illinois is experiencing a surge in marijuana sales due to a combination of factors, including strong local demand, steady growth in the cannabis industry, and a significant contribution from out-of-state visitors.

Q2: How does Illinois’ medical marijuana market compare to its recreational market?

A2: While recreational marijuana sales are booming, the medical marijuana market in Illinois is still thriving. In August, it reached $26.5 million, serving a substantial number of cardholders.

Q3: Are high prices affecting sales in Illinois?

A3: Despite relatively high prices, cannabis sales in Illinois remain robust. Governor J.B. Pritzker attributes this to the industry’s growth and substantial sales to out-of-state residents.

Alex Flores
Alex, here, fellas. Up to date of everything happening in the world of our important green cannabis. I like to stay informed and be serious about bringing facts from the most trusted sources. So, stay tuned and follow me on Leafy Leaks.

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