CARTERVILLE, IL. (KFVS) -Sales at dispensaries statewide reached over $100 million between medical and recreational use.
The Illinois Comptroller’s Office said they take 10 percent of the income tax on cannabis sales to help local organizations.
“The biggest thing we have done with that is we pay money to rural pharmacies, which they are called CAP. Critical Access Pharmacies and halfway houses around the state of Illinois,” said Josh Downs, Illinois Comptroller Outreach Coordinator.
He said they have paid those organizations a big chunk of change.
“We did almost $10 million and were up $11.9 million. Now we have paid to those rural pharmacies and halfway houses, with the lion share being from the cannabis sales.”
In Williamson County, they are seeing the benefits of the increase in sales.
Treasurer Ashley Gott said that in October they received $30,482 from July sales and $29,481 in November from August sales.
Gott stated that Williamson County budgeted $360,000 this year from sales of cannabis.
Across the State, according to a cannabis industry analyst, Andy Seeger, the state is expected to sell $1.2 billion in marijuana.
Right now, there are 70 recreational dispensaries open in Illinois, with more to come.
State law allows for as many as 500 locations.