Of the 50 states, 39 have legalized cannabis; five of them border Kentucky, while three of them border Indiana. Not all allow out-of-staters to buy there; however, Illinois does, where both medical and recreational cannabis are legal.
According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, out-of-state customers accounted for about 32% of total cannabis sales in 2021, which was almost $1.38 billion.
In the first ten months of 2022, the rate remains consistent at around 31% of total sales, which was just under $1.28 billion.
Cresco Labs has three cannabis cultivation facilities in the state to supply their stores and other vendors.
The state's largest grow operation is in Lincoln. "The full facility is 221,000 square feet," Facility Director Andrea Meister said. "180,000 of it is canopy," where the cannabis is grown. Meister says they're growing about 70,000 plants at any given time and harvest every week, with a "wet harvest" of 1.6 million grams.
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