People in Illinois state expressed their love for cannabis as sales hit nearly $3.2 million on the first day of legal cannabis

Once again, people demonstrated their love for cannabis when cannabis transactions hit $3.2 million on the first day of legal cannabis sold in Illinois, reported NBC Chicago.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported over 77,000 transactions carried out at cannabis dispensaries in the state generating nearly $3.2 million revenue on Day 1.

Senior advisor to the governor for cannabis control, Toi Hutchinson, termed the occasion as achievement of a “monumental millstone”.

“Launching the legalization of cannabis in a way that includes communities left behind for far too long, creates good jobs and expunges thousands of records for those who have lost out on opportunities and ends prohibition," he said in a statement.

People in clear demonstration of their support to state government’s move to end prohibition, lined up early Wednesday to be among first to purchase cannabis on the first day recreational marijuana became legal in the state.

I wanted to be first in line because I have waited 46 years for this moment," said jubilant Arnold Winslow, who covered several kilometers to make his first purchase at Sunnyside dispensary in Elmwood Park.

The cannabis dispensaries are very enthusiastic as some joined hands with restaurants to offer warm place to wait before making a purchase. Gifts were also given to the shoppers by a few of the dispensaries; EarthMed Dispensary in Chicago gifted commemorative T-shirts to first 100 customers with their purchase.

The customers needed to be 21 years or over and required a government-issued ID to make a purchase. The sales are restricted to state residents only and must be made in cash.

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