Illinois sees another record month for recreational marijuana sales amid COVID-19 pandemic


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Recreational pot sales in Illinois have generated quit a bit of green for the states bottom line.

According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the recreational marijuana industry remains a hot commodity in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as statewide sales surpassed $67.6 million in September.

Officials said adult-use cannabis sales in August climbed nearly 5.8 percent over July, when the state had nearly $64 million in sales.

Marijuana dispensaries were deemed essential businesses in Illinois during the pandemic, allowing them to remain open during a time when most businesses were forced to close.

So far this year, recreational marijuana dispensaries in Illinois have sold nearly 9.5 million marijuana products worth a total of more than $431 million.