By LeeWEpstein

January 9, 2020

Recreational marijuana has been on sale in Illinois for less than a week and there are already supply problems.

Demand is so high that many dispensaries have run out of recreational marijuana, and clients will have to wait for some dispensaries to restock.

Perhaps that shouldn’t come as a surprise; according to Governor JB Pritzker’s office, more than $10.8 million worth of marijuana products have been sold in the state since legalization on January 1.

State distributors recorded 271,169 transactions totaling $10,830,667.91 during that 5 day period.

The Midway Dispensary ran out of product for its recreational customers on Sunday. Signs were posted around the store indicating that in order to remain in compliance with the law, they must have a 30-day inventory at all times for medical patients, and because of this, they must stop selling to recreational customers.

We exceeded our expectations in terms of the number of items we had and the number of shoppers we were allowed to serve, so it was a good thing, said Neal McQueney, the owner of the clinic.

Midway expects to sell potty again on January 10

But be patient. Wait for the growers, the medical license growers to continue to grow and produce their stock so they can transfer it to the dispensaries for the sale of adult products, McQueney said.

But the Midway Dispensary is not alone.

Dispensary 33, located in the downtown core, said there is no more recreational marijuana until the middle of next week.

The THC dispensary on the Near West Side said it was giving priority to medical patients. The dispensary ran out of recreational marijuana on Sunday but hopes to have the product by Monday morning.

Others, such as Sunnyside Dispensaries in Illinois, say they are closing Monday to give staff a five-day break from 14-hour shifts to serve 10,000 clients. They are not short of recreational pot. Facilities in Lakeview, Elmwood Park, Rockford, and Champaign will also close.

There are others across the city that need to restock as well

Chris Hedberg said that he has been lining up for recreational pot since legalization but has not had much success.

It was expected to be, you know, it’s popular and now it’s legal in Chicago, so it makes sense that it’s selling pretty quickly, Hedberg said.

There are others across the city that need to replenish as well.

The Cannabis Business Association of Illinois, the trade association for the industry, said the first recreational grow license was not granted until last summer. With dispensaries sourcing from growers, it takes time to develop the supply chain.

Sales reached nearly $5.5 million in the state in the first 2 days of last week.

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