Illinois Weed Sales Robust During Economic Downturn

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois' weed economy continues to generate revenue, even during a pandemic. 

Officials say vendors raked in more than $37 million in sales in April — a little less than the $39.2 million generated in January, when recreational cannabis became legal here.

Pot sales, including medical marijuana, were deemed “essential” during the coronavirus-related lockdown of much of the economy. Dispensaries implemented procedures designed to help stem the spread of the virus; medical marijuana customers temporarily have the option of curb-side pickup.

“Our top priority is to ensure consumers are safe when they go to a dispensary to purchase cannabis,”said Toi Hutchinson, an aide to Gov. JB Pritzker. “The steps we’ve taken to increase social distancing at dispensaries are accomplishing that, while also enabling this new industry to continue to grow.”

The governor's stay-at-home order is set to expire May 30.