Just one week into legal recreational cannabis sales in Illinois, some dispensaries have halted sales of adult-use pot while others have been forced to temporarily close. Sales of recreational pot began briskly on January 1 after a legalization bill was passed by the Illinois legislature and signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in June.
Under Illinois law, dispensaries licensed to sell medical marijuana must maintain at least a 30-day supply of products to meet patients’ needs. NuMed dispensaries in Chicago and Urbana pumped the brakes on recreational pot sales so that they would be able to continue to serve medical marijuana patients. Sean Johnson, the manager of NuMed in Urbana, told local media on Tuesday that adult-use customers had been cut off.
“Today will be the first day that we have suspended recreational sales, adult-use sales,” he said. “We have a door guy out there, unfortunately, turning people away for that.”
“We just had to make sure there was some kind of structure with how we would prioritize medical patients in accordance with the state,” Johnson added.
Although he isn’t sure when NuMed will begin to resume adult-use sales, Johnson said that he expects it to take at least two months