Cannabis sales set another record in September, bringing total spending on adult-use cannabis to more than $530 million.

Delays in issuing new licenses by the administration of Gov. J.B. Pritzker have meant that existing medical marijuana dispensaries have monopolized the state's market for more than twice as long as lawmakers had permitted by law.

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Pot purchasers have spent more than a half-billion dollars on recreational marijuana products at Illinois dispensaries since the start of the year, according to data from state agencies.

Last month, adult-use cannabis sales in Illinois set a record for a seventh consecutive month, as the state collected more than $20 million in taxes from less than $68 million worth of cannabis products sold.

While legal sales to out-of-state buyers remained relatively steady in September , increasing by less than $650,000, Illinoisans bought more than $3 million more worth on weed than they did in August, according to figures from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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