Illinois’ monthly adult-use cannabis sales surpassed $100 million for the first time in March.
The new sales record, reported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), tops February sales by nearly $28.4 million. According to the report, Illinois sold nearly 2.3 million cannabis items worth roughly $109.1 million in March.
The report also indicates that about 69% of cannabis sales came from in-state residents, while 31% of sales came from out-of-state residents.
The state’s March cannabis sales were reflected in the day-to-day dispensary and wholesale operations in Illinois.
Cresco Labs, a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator, saw a significant lift in sales in March across its wholesale customers and its 10 Sunnyside retail locations in Illinois, said Melissa Wagamon, regional president of Cresco Labs Illinois and Michigan locations.
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But what factors helped drive cannabis sales in March?
Wagamon said some macro trends in the world that she believes helped drive sales for the entire state.
“I think the stimulus [check] helped, and I think having a really lovely, warm and welcoming March, where people were excited to get outside after what was a pretty cold and dark February helped,” Wagamon said. “And then as people start to get vaccinated and feel safer going outside, we’re