The 21st Show

Illinois Marijuana: First Year Sales & Social Equity


It’s been a year since Illinois became the 11th state to legalize marijuana last January. On the first day of sales, legal cannabis in Illinois brought in nearly $3.2 million dollars with a total of almost $11 million dollars in sales by the end of that week, according to the state. Since its legalization, marijuana is on pace to top more than a billion dollars in total sales for 2020. In addition to sales, on New Year’s Eve, Governor J.B. Pritzker expunged nearly half a million cannabis cases.

The 21st was joined a reporter who covers Cannabis for the Chicago Sun Times, a reporter with Marijuana Business Daily and the owner of the Herbal Care Center — a dispensary in Chicago to speak more about sales and the law’s social equity promises.


Tom Schuba, Chicago Sun Times reporter who covers marijuana 

Bart Schaneman, Marijuana Business Daily reporter

Michael Mandera, Owner of The Herbal Care Center, an independent dispensary in Chicago


Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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