Illinois yet again continues seeing its cannabis sales climb, with the state's September sales jumping nearly $4 million over the previous month.
Illinois first legalized cannabis for recreational adult use in January of this year, right as the coronavirus pandemic began to take effect. However, Illinois wasn't faltered by the virus, but rather, has managed to improve upon its cannabis sales month after month.
Since January, Illinois went from selling 972,045 cannabis-related items to 1,426,166 most recently in September. Over that period, the sales total climbed from just over $39.2 million in January, to $67.6 million in September.
In the first six months of the year, Illinois had generated $52 million in tax revenue from cannabis sales, of which 25% will be dedicated toward helping those that have been disadvantaged by the War on Drugs.
At the time, the Governor of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker, stated:
"Illinois has done more to put justice and equity at the forefront of this industry than any other state in the nation, and we're ensuring that communities that have been hurt by the war on drugs have the opportunity to participate."
Cannabis tax revenue has been invested in the Restore, Reinvest, and Renew (R3) program. Funds can also be used towards either substance abuse prevention and mental health awareness or crime prevention programs.
Pritzker said at the time that a "portion of every dollar" is dedicated to those who have been judicially, socially, and economically disadvantaged in the past.
The R3 program gives access and support to disadvantaged communities that have been unfairly impacted by the judicial system.
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