Jan 2, 2020

Illinois rakes in $3.2 million on first day of legal marijuana sales

A food truck sits outside the Sunnyside Cannabis Dispensary as customers wait in line to buy marijuana, on January 1, 2020
A food truck sits outside the Sunnyside Cannabis Dispensary as customers wait in line to buy marijuana, on Jan. 1. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

Illinois' first day of legalized marijuana sales resulted in more than 77,000 transactions, adding up to about $3.2 million, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said Thursday, per NBC's Chicago affiliate.

The big picture: According Chicago's mayor, the city alone is expected to take in nearly $3.5 million in pot tax revenue this year. That figure represents four months worth of revenue because tax collections do not start until September under state law. Illinois is the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize recreational cannabis, with more planning to put the issue on the ballot in 2020.

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