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Arkansans are spending nearly $900,000 each day on medical marijuana, figures released by the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission indicate.

Scott Hardin, spokesperson for the Commission, says since the first dispensary opened in mid-2019, Arkansans have spent $285 million to purchase 42,769 pounds.

The daily average of $880,000 Arkansans are spending on medical marijuana is an increase of $163,100 compared to the figures reported last month.

Commission officials report 12 dispensaries have sold at least 2,000 pounds. There are 32 dispensaries across the state, with six more preparing to open.

The Arkansas Department of Health reports 66,638 active patient cards.

Below is the full report of total medical marijuana sales through April 11.

Since Suite 443 (Hot Springs) first opened on Friday, May 10, 2019, the company sold 2,790.58 pounds.

Since Green Springs Medical (Hot Springs) first opened on Sunday, May 12, 2019, the company sold 3,888.40 pounds.

Since Arkansas Natural Products (Clinton) first opened on Thursday, June 20, 2019, the company sold 848.28 pounds.

Since Greenlight Dispensary (Helena) first opened on Thursday, June 27, 2019, the company sold 569.70 pounds.

Since Native Green Hensley (Hensley) first opened on Tuesday,

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker holds the bill that legalizes adult-use recreational cannabis in Illinois during a June 2019 news conference in Chicago. 

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SPRINGFIELD — While pot smokers puffed away on 4/20, the informal cannabis-influenced celebration that takes place every year on April 20, language emerged in Springfield that would address some of the flaws holding back the state’s legal marijuana industry.

State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, filed an amendment Tuesday that would create 120 new dispensary licenses beyond the 75 recreational licenses set to be awarded this year, all adding to a budding market that already includes more than 100 dispensaries open across the state.

The legislation aims to fix the botched rollout of the program’s social equity component, which has delayed the awarding of the additional dispensary and cultivation licenses and so far has failed to meet the 2019 legalization legislation’s lofty goals of righting past wrongs and diversifying a nearly all-white industry.

“We know the cannabis law in Illinois was intended for people that were hardest hit by the

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Shopping for gifts on Christmas Eve or for beer on Super Bowl Sunday seems ridiculous, yet malls and liquor stores are always packed when those days come around. Denver has its own special holiday on April 20, when dispensaries see lines out the door — and in some cases down the street — during the world’s unofficial marijuana celebration.

Still not out of a pandemic, Denver was without public activities and large events for a second straight year as 4/20 rolled around, but that didn’t stop people from showing up at their local pot shops, according to Alex Levine, co-owner of one of the state’s largest dispensary chains, Green Dragon.

Says Levine: “4/20 still definitely has a spell over people. I get it, but a part of me also doesn’t get it. There are still no events or big concerts going on, really, and there’s no festival happening downtown again. But we were still blowing last year’s [sales] out of the water. I had a

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One major point of tension for cannabis retailers is the point-of-sale transaction. Because of the federally illegal status of many of the products being sold in-store, cash has ruled.

But cash isn’t the most convenient thing in the 21st-century digital-forward commercial landscape. Dispensaries have utilized a wide array of workarounds and legitimate solutions to this problem over the years, but banking nonetheless remains murky territory for retailers interested in streamlining the consumer experience.

Paybotic was founded in 2012 when Max Miller, President, was a student at Boston College. In November of that year, Colorado and Washington voters passed adult-use legalization measures—the first in the country—and sales would begin in early 2014. Since then, another 16 states have passed some form of taxed-and-regulated adult-use cannabis legislation (though not all are implemented as of now), and the pool of enterprising business owners in need of financial services has exploded.

In those past nine years, Paybotic has taken on more than 900 retailers nationwide, from small, one-location dispensaries to multi-location cannabis retail chains. The company provides a suite of services, including card processing, ACH processing, banking and cash advances specialized for Cannabis businesses. And as far as that critical point-of-sale transaction, the company’s

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One major point of tension for cannabis retailers is the point-of-sale transaction. Because of the federally illegal status of many of the products being sold in-store, cash has ruled.

But cash isn’t the most convenient thing in the 21st-century digital-forward commercial landscape. Dispensaries have utilized a wide array of workarounds and legitimate solutions to this problem over the years, but banking nonetheless remains murky territory for retailers interested in streamlining the consumer experience.

Paybotic was founded in 2012 when Max Miller, President, was a student at Boston College. In November of that year, Colorado and Washington voters passed adult-use legalization measures—the first in the country—and sales would begin in early 2014. Since then, another 16 states have passed some form of taxed-and-regulated adult-use cannabis legislation (though not all are implemented as of now), and the pool of enterprising business owners in need of financial services has exploded.

In those past nine years, Paybotic has taken on more than 900 retailers nationwide, from small, one-location dispensaries to multi-location cannabis retail chains. The company provides a suite of services, including card processing, ACH processing, banking and cash advances specialized for Cannabis businesses. And as far as that critical point-of-sale transaction, the company’s

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Illinois’ monthly adult-use cannabis sales surpassed $100 million for the first time in March.

The new sales record, reported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), tops February sales by nearly $28.4 million. According to the report, Illinois sold nearly 2.3 million cannabis items worth roughly $109.1 million in March.

The report also indicates that about 69% of cannabis sales came from in-state residents, while 31% of sales came from out-of-state residents.

The state’s March cannabis sales were reflected in the day-to-day dispensary and wholesale operations in Illinois.

Cresco Labs, a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator, saw a significant lift in sales in March across its wholesale customers and its 10 Sunnyside retail locations in Illinois, said Melissa Wagamon, regional president of Cresco Labs Illinois and Michigan locations.

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But what factors helped drive cannabis sales in March?

Wagamon said some macro trends in the world that she believes helped drive sales for the entire state.

“I think the stimulus [check] helped, and I think having a really lovely, warm and welcoming March, where people were excited to get outside after what was a pretty cold and dark February helped,” Wagamon said. “And then as people start to get vaccinated and feel safer going outside, we’re

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Illinois’ monthly adult-use cannabis sales surpassed $100 million for the first time in March.

The new sales record, reported by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), tops February sales by nearly $28.4 million. According to the report, Illinois sold nearly 2.3 million cannabis items worth roughly $109.1 million in March.

The report also indicates that about 69% of cannabis sales came from in-state residents, while 31% of sales came from out-of-state residents.

The state’s March cannabis sales were reflected in the day-to-day dispensary and wholesale operations in Illinois.

Cresco Labs, a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator, saw a significant lift in sales in March across its wholesale customers and its 10 Sunnyside retail locations in Illinois, said Melissa Wagamon, regional president of Cresco Labs Illinois and Michigan locations.

© Courtesy of Cresco Labs

Wagamon

But what factors helped drive cannabis sales in March?

Wagamon said some macro trends in the world that she believes helped drive sales for the entire state.

“I think the stimulus [check] helped, and I think having a really lovely, warm and welcoming March, where people were excited to get outside after what was a pretty cold and dark February helped,” Wagamon said. “And then as people start to get vaccinated and feel safer going outside, we’re

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