Chart: Medical marijuana patient numbers, dispensary sales steadily climbing in Illinois
By Eli McVey
Despite a slow start, Illinois’ medical marijuana program has been adding patients and increasing sales at a solid, consistent pace throughout 2016.
Licensing delays and a restrictive list of qualifying MMJ conditions had many industry insiders wondering if the state’s MMJ program was even viable. But the patient count this year through October has almost tripled, rising by more than 7,600 over the 10-month period to hit about 12,000.
Monthly sales via dispensaries have exceeded that growth rate, nearly quadrupling to hit more than $4 million in October compared with just over $1 million in