The state’s 49 medical marijuana dispensaries saw a total of more than $36 million in retail sales for 2016.
For the same year, cultivation centers amassed total wholesale sales of $21.9 million.
For the month of December alone, MMJ dispensaries sold a total of $5.3 million in product, including $3.05 million in flower and $2.3 million in concentrates and infused products, the highest month-to-month dollar increase to date.
The number of unique patients served increased dramatically in December to 9,698, a gain of 2,391 patients, or 33%, from the previous month. Patients purchased 261,656 grams of dry cannabis.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has approved applications for nearly 15,000 patients since it started taking applications in 2014, up 12% from November, the highest increase to date.
Illinois’ MMJ program was signed into law in 2013.