Cannabis sales exploding one month after legalization but not enough to meet patient demands | Local News

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“Many were revisiting their youth but we know there are people coming into the store who are trying it (marijuana) for the first time because it’s legal,” Williams said.

Some people were trying cannabis in place of alcohol or potentially addictive prescription pain killers, Williams said.

Cresco Labs had 90,000 registered patients in Illinois on Dec. 31 but that number increased significantly in the first month of legalization of cannabis for recreation, said Chief Communications Officer Jason Erkes. Sunnyside is among dispensaries used by residents of McLean County, which doesn’t yet have a dispensary for recreational cannabis.

“The increase in customers for the first month certainly exceeded our expectations,” Erkes said. “There was limited supply this month which caused us to limit purchase quantities and even…

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