Medical marijuana sales in Illinois pass $10M mark

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CHICAGO (AP) — Medical marijuana retail shops in Illinois saw a slight increase in sales in May compared to the previous month.

Program director Joseph Wright says registered dispensaries sold nearly $2.3 million worth of marijuana in May to more than 5,100 patients. April sales were $2.2 million.

May’s figures bring the total retail sales of marijuana in Illinois to $10.8 million since purchasing began Nov. 9, topping the $10 million mark for the first time.

Illinois now has 37 registered dispensaries and about 7,000 qualified patients.

State lawmakers this week sent a bill to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner extending the pilot program by 2½ years and adding post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illness to the list of qualifying conditions. Rauner supports the plan.

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