We are now 43 days into the legalization of recreational cannabis in the state of Illinois. There is still a shortage and there likely will be for a few more months.
But industry experts saw it coming. “Don’t forget they can’t exactly speed up this process. They are plants, it takes time, it takes four months to go from seed to shelf,” said Jason Erkes of Cresco Labs.
Several reasons are to blame for the sellout. The bill legalizing recreational cannabis was only signed six months before the rollout, and companies got their hands on licenses a couple months after that.
Also, more conditions were added to the medical cannabis list encouraging 37,000 patients to get their medical cards. “It was really a collaboration of all these things that created these supply issues,” Erkes said.
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