Illinois officials posted new forms this week for doctors and patients in the state’s medical marijuana program to reflect changes in the law, and announced Wednesday that July retail sales reached a new high at $2.9 million.
Sales of medical marijuana in Illinois have climbed steadily since purchasing began Nov. 9. June sales had been $2.57 million.
Illinois now has nearly 8,891 qualified medical marijuana patients and 40 registered dispensaries, according to the program’s monthly update. July’s figures bring the total retail sales of marijuana in Illinois to $16.3 million since the program launched.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation last month extending the pilot program until July 2020 and adding two qualifying health conditions — post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illnesses. Those changes are expected to further drive growth in the program, but won’t be reflected in retail sales until next month. [Read more at Chicago Tribune]