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Illinois’s Legalized Pot Sales Debut Beats All States Except One

  • Per-capita sales only lagged Nevada’s first month of legal pot
  • Residents of Illinois and neighboring states helped lift sales
A marijuana product is rung up at Cresco Labs Sunnyside* Lakeview dispensary in Chicago.
A marijuana product is rung up at Cresco Labs Sunnyside* Lakeview dispensary in Chicago.Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Illinois per-capita recreational pot sales topped every state but one in its debut month, according to an analysis this week.

The state logged $39.2 million of adult-use recreational marijuana sales in January, or $3.07 in sales per resident, according to New Frontier Data, a cannabis research company. Those are the second-highest sales per capita during the first full month of legalization among eight other states where adults can buy pot for recreational use. Nevada was the highest at $8.88 per capita in July 2017, a figure bolstered by tourism, according to Kacey Morrissey, New Frontier’s director of industry analytics.