On Sept. 7, 2016, the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program announced that the Illinois Department of Public Health had approved applications for a total of 10,033 qualifying patients. The program also noted that retail sales of medical cannabis hit approximately $3.3 million in August, logging a slight increase from July’s sales figures.
Of the $3.3 million in retail sales, dry flower sales accounted for approximately $2 million and concentrates/infused-products accounted for approximately $1.29 million. Licensed medical cannabis dispensaries served nearly 6,400 medical cannabis cardholders, who bought a total of 161,660 grams of dry cannabis.
The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program also released general data on the program, as of Aug. 31, including that the state has licensed 44 medical cannabis dispensaries, banking roughly $19.6 million in 2016 total retail sales.