Illinois Governor Pardons More Than 11,000 Cannabis Convictions Ahead of Adult-Use Market Launch

Illinois Governor Pardons More Than 11,000 Cannabis Convictions Ahead of Adult-Use Market Launch

Long lines and mix of happy and frustrated customers marked the first day of adult-use cannabis sales in Illinois. While some of those customers encountered supply shortages or point-of-sale glitches (or dispensaries that they only thought were licensed for adult-use sales), many on the ground in this newest cannabis market reported smooth sailing.

Sales began at 6 a.m. at most retail locations, and businesses made sure to greet the customers who got up early to take advantage of this historic day.

“The early bird gets the herb!” Oak Park resident Jack Fitzgerald shouted as he left Seven Point in the morning, according to the Chicago Tribune’s roundup of the day’s activities. The Chicago Sun-Times noted that some customers had started lining up outside stores as early as Tuesday night.  

In stores throughout the state, the mood was often jovial—despite the frigid temperatures—and raucous cheers were a common refrain amid the day’s business.

At this point, the state has licensed 43 dispensaries to sell adult-use cannabis products. (On Jan. 1, six of those dispensaries were reportedly not ready yet, according to the Chicago Tribune.) More retail licenses are expected, and we’ve been watching the lottery process unfold in highly contentious neighborhoods in Chicago.

Among the first customers in the state was Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, who purchased gummies at the Clark Street Sunnyside location. 

“Today is historic not
only for Illinois, but for the U.S. cannabis industry,” Revolution Global CEO Mark de Souza said in a public statement. “The Illinois adult-use
market has enormous potential to do good for the state and all Illinoisans.
Today would not have been possible without the tireless work of countless individuals
in government, cannabis, and community groups who saw the power and potential
of the plant.”

Published at Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:10:00 +0000

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