Cannabis consumers are crossing state lines to visit dispensaries in Illinois, where sales of recreational marijuana became legal on New Year’s Day. Four of the five states that border Illinois — Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, and Missouri — have not yet legalized cannabis for recreational use. Sales of recreational marijuana began in Michigan, the remaining state that shares a border with Illinois, one month ago.
Chelsea Salmon, an employee of Nature’s Treatment of Illinois in the town of Milan, said that people were crossing the nearby Mississippi River to shop.
“There’s been a lot of Iowa people coming,” Salmon said, adding that she expected them to keep visiting the store as long as recreational cannabis continues to be illegal in Iowa.
“I mean, we’re right on the border,” she said. “We’re gonna have so many people who are gonna be coming.”
Customers lined up to make their purchases at Nature’s Treatment, where a heated tent provided food trucks and portable toilets to make the wait more bearable.
“I’m glad to see the people from Iowa coming, personally,” said Julie Webster, from Moline, Illinois. “We want everyone to come and share what we got.”
John Squires of Urbandale, Iowa said he wasn’t