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Having a regulated system of naming cannabis strains takes the pressure off marketing and PR strategists that most consumers feel are coming up with meaningless names.

Cannabis products are named the same way everything else in the world is named. Some names are unusual, some fascinating, some silly, and others logical. Most of these names have a tale behind them.

There are also cannabis strains that are named after the other older strains in the generation. A perfect example of this can be found in the naming system of the Kush varieties. Strains like Sputnik and Pre-98 Bubba Kush were named after unforgettable events in history.


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And finally, we have names that give an idea of the taste or flavor of the product, for example, Sweet Dreams or California Orange, etc.

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The need for medical marijuana has seemingly changed, as many individuals are now looking for a stress-reliever and a similar form of “dopamine” to help endure the pandemic.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people, including newcomers to medical marijuana, have changed their reasons for using it. The virus is stressful for millions, if not billions of people worldwide, which has led many of them to resort to different options to find the contentment they once had pre-COVID. Thanks to alternative health options such as medical cannabis, many people can find relief for their ongoing stresses from the pandemic.

Based on data provided by healthcare technology company Veriheal and other sources, the use of medical marijuana has changed for many users since early 2020, when the pandemic officially took hold in the United States.


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The increase in unemployment rates, the introduction of virtual learning for previous in-person students, losing direct contact with a support system, and the threat of being evicted have led many to resort to medical marijuana to ease their stresses surrounding the pandemic. Many individuals who had not previously been diagnosed with a mental illness began to show symptoms throughout this pandemic, leading to a significant increase in the need for mental health services and medications.

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It’s no secret that the cannabis industry is bringing in all kinds of money for the industry, but now, there are official numbers backing it up. Even without full legalization, legal cannabis is reportedly poised to bring in almost $100 billion to the US economy in 2021. 

This is up 30 percent from last year, and the projected number for 2025 is $169 billion. According to the MJBizDaily analysis, this was done by looking at similar industries and using a standard multiplier of 3.5 on projections of sales, and it includes agriculture, manufacturing and retail activity. 

When examined closely across the board, this shows what the future of cannabis will look like and how it will be able to continue to benefit the US economy as the years go on. In this particular instance, the analysts predicted that for every $1 spent by consumers and patients in the retail and medical markets, an additional $2.50 gets put back into the economy. This also has a major impact on local economies throughout the country. 

This is the case because of the daily needs of workers in the industry, including spending on housing, transportation, food, and entertainment. By adding more jobs to the legal and regulated cannabis industry, cannabis keeps on giving back and helping to boost the local, state, and national economies. 

Additionally, the taxes generated from selling recreational and medical cannabis also puts hundreds of millions of dollars into the economy via taxes, which in turn go back to fund local government and state activities. How those tax dollars are funneled back into the local area varies state to state, but some popular uses are funding schools, roads, and addiction treatment programs. 

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Data recently released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency shows that federal law enforcement agents and their state and local partners seized more than 4.5 million marijuana plants in 2020, a figure that is up nearly 20% over 2019. The annual DEA report also shows that federal law enforcement officers made nearly 5,000 cannabis-related arrests in 2020, a year wracked by the social and economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the data published in the DEA’s yearly Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program Statistical Report, approximately 4.54 million cannabis plants were seized and eradicated in 2020, up from about 4 million plants in 2019. The totals include more than 3.7 million cannabis plants seized from 4,151 outdoor grow sites and more than 830,000 plants confiscated from 1,286 indoor cultivation operations.

“In 2020, the DEA continued its nationwide cannabis eradication efforts, providing resources to support the 127 state and local law enforcement agencies that actively participate in the program,” the agency wrote on its website. “This assistance allows the enhancement of already aggressive eradication enforcement activities throughout the nation.”

The data in the DEA report also showed that nearly 5,000 arrests for federal marijuana-related offenses were made by law enforcement officers in 2020. That figure is up slightly over 2019 when 4,718 arrests for federal marijuana crimes were made by agents. 

California saw the largest percentage of both arrests and confiscated cannabis plants in the country, a trend that continues from previous years. In 2020, approximately 82% of the seized cannabis plants and 40% of the marijuana-related arrests nationwide occurred in California. Nationwide, agents seized more than $41 million in assets related to the DEA’s marijuana eradication efforts in 2020.

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If a consumer of CBD, there may be an extra benefit to reap from the compound. New research shows a connection between the consuming CBD-dominant cannabis and reduced alcohol intake.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Colorado and published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, examined cannabis use in 120 subjects. The review featured CBD, THC or hybrid cannabis strains.

 
 
 

Investigators found that users who consumed CBD-heavy strains “drank fewer drinks per drinking day, had fewer alcohol use days, and had fewer alcohol and cannabis co-use days compared with the other groups.”

Those consumers using THC or hybrid strains of weed showed no difference between their drinking patterns.

The study results showing a connection between CBD and less alcohol consumption are consistent with findings in some previous studies. Aside from alcohol, using CBD has been linked to a decrease in opioid, heroin, tobacco and other substance use.

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The number of U.S. high school seniors who vape cannabis at least 10 times a month more than doubled from 2018 to 2019, notes a new study out of the U.S.

Although the percentages of students involved were small, the increase was significant. Frequent cannabis vaping use rose from 2.1 per cent to 4.9 per cent, state the findings, published last week in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

 
 
 

“Frequent vaping of cannabis now appears to be increasing at a faster rate than any vaping of cannabis,” study author Joseph Palamar, an associate professor at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine, says in a statement from the university.

Investigators from the Grossman School of Medicine looked at data from Monitoring the Future Study, a nationally representative survey of high school seniors in the U.S. in 2018 and 2019. In all, 12,561 students from 256 schools across 48 states were included in the data analyzed.

More frequent cannabis vaping was detected in most sub-groups of high school seniors, but was particularly elevated in three. Published last week in the Journal of Adolescent Health, the findings indicate the biggest hikes were among female students (up 183.5 per cent), students 18 or older (up 154.9 per cent) and those who go out four to seven times weekly (up 163 per cent).

Past-month cannabis vaping for 8th, 10th and 12th graders climbed from 2017 to 2020. /

Spotting the symptoms of marijuana addiction isn’t all that simple. Here’s what you should know.

Years of research has proved that the marijuana plant provides far more benefits than side effects. The majority of people can use cannabis without developing an addiction to it. Still, it is possible to develop a marijuana addiction, one that can be limiting and harmful to people’s lives.

Cannabis use disorder (CUD) affects about 30% of marijuana users, impairing their lives to a degree that affects their relationships and overall health.

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According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the manual used by mental health practitioners to diagnose mental health conditions and disorders, a person must meet two out of 11 requirements to be diagnosed with CUD. These are extensive and include marijuana cravings, the development of interpersonal problems due to cannabis use, or using the plant when in a dangerous situation.

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With nearly one-third of U.S. adults now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to the most recent data from the CDC, and the number of daily doses being given now headed down, many health officials across the country have turned their attention to those hesitant to get the shot. Some mass vaccination clinics have begun to close, and smaller sites at some unusual locations including strip clubs and crawfish festivals are popping up to take their place.

People leery of getting the vaccine are also being offered incentives to roll up their sleeves, including cash, savings bonds and even booze. And one of the earliest perks announced, getting free marijuana with a Covid-19 vaccine, is proving to be popular with cannabis enthusiasts across the country.

D.C. Marijuana Justice (DCMJ), a cannabis policy reform group in the nation’s capital, announced in early January that it would launch its “Joints for Jabs” campaign to reward those who received an inoculation when public vaccination sites began to open in Washington, D.C. And with the campaign now in full swing, DCMJ co-founder Adam Eidinger says that the group has distributed more than 10,000 free joints at multiple events held outside vaccination sites. The giveaways have been a hit with cannabis fans, passersby and even those administering the vaccinations.

“When the workers inside [one site] heard that we were out there giving away joints,” he remembers in a phone interview, “they started telling the recipients of the shot, 'Oh, go outside and get a free joint.’”

For some people, the offer of a perk is all that is needed to tip the scales in favor of getting the vaccine.

A woman holds up a sign and joints as marijuana activists hand out free joints to vaccinated New Yorkers on April 20, 2021 in New York City

CBD capsules are one of the most popular ways to take CBD. They are a clean, efficient, and familiar administration method. Unfortunately, there is not is a lack of understanding of how much each individual should be taking.

The confusion is due to two reasons. First, we do not have a sufficient amount of research regarding CBD. While we have seen a recent influx of human trials using CBD, we are far from the position we need to fully understand the amount of CBD required for a specific condition. Second, we each metabolize CBD differently. One amount may work for someone but not affect another person.

What are CBD Capsules?

A capsule is a gelatin container that keeps CBD escaping in a pill form. The CBD powder is inside the tablet that is easily swallowed and absorbed into the stomach.

CBD softgels are another popular form of CBD delivery. Instead of a capsule, the CBD oil is suspended in a clear gel, also designed to be swallowed and absorbed readily. CBD softgels 25mg are a common dose. Many people like the softgel over the capsule because they usually contain an oil rather than a powder.

CBD Oil or Capsules

Most people are more comfortable swallowing a pill than taking CBD sublingually. The taste of CBD oil also can be off-putting. Hemp has a strong earthy flavor that can take some getting used to. CBD oils capsules are swallowed, allowing the consumer to avoid any unpleasant taste, getting their daily dose.

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These past two years have been an unprecedented whirlwind to say the least.

Many mothers were forced to adjust to the pandemic’s new normal, which includes juggling work, homeschooling, and parental care, without having the ability to destress outside the home. 

This Mother’s Day, you deserve to be pampered like the queen you are. 

Do a D.I.Y home spa treatment, light some candles, unwind with your favorite strain or tasty CBD gummy.

We picked out some of the best Mother’s Day gifts that will make this holiday a day to remember for you, or another mother in your life.


Many would argue 2020 has been the most stressful year in a generation.

Between a polarizing U.S. presidential election, a novel coronavirus pandemic claiming more than 268,000 lives from 13.6 million reported cases (as of November 30),, the fluctuating, unreliable data, and millions of people who may be stressing out due to ongoing isolation from their loved ones due to rolling lockdowns and social distancing measures, as well as rising unemployment with no end in sight, it is understandable for Americans to have a sense of heightened anxiety and insecurity.

However, one set of data that can be relied upon is that Americans are turning en masse to cannabis, and cannabis delivery, to ease their tensions during these trying times. 

Enter the rise of cannabis delivery companies and the ancillary services that power them. 

Lantern: A Light in the Darkness 

Lantern is an independently-operated cannabis e-commerce marketplace and delivery platform in the U.S.


Smoking weed is getting more popular than ever with people of all age brackets. Though it is not yet completely legal worldwide, the legalization movement has gained a lot of traction over the last few years. It remains to be seen when it becomes fully legal. What are the reasons for this consideration of legalizing what was once vehemently frowned at? There have been proven successes with using weed medically. It is known that the cannabinoids in weeds may reduce pain by altering the pathways for pain perception in the brain.  It can be helpful for treating chronic pains like those from arthritis. Smoking weed normally has its immediate effect on the brain. So, is it likely that this can affect one’s creativity? Let us find out together.

The science and neuroscience of doing weed

From renowned PhDs in science laboratories to those kids with dreadlocks in their dormitories, the effect of weed on creativity has been studied extensively. The findings have been somewhat of a mixed bag situation. Creativity is like divergent thinking or the ability to view things in several other different ways from the norm. When people see innovations that practically beat normal human imagination, you do hear remarks of “wow, what did he smoke?”. It is proof that some people believe that there is some temporary genius that comes with smoking weed.

In 2010,  a study by Rothwell Morgan showed that one of the properties of weed is the ability to make connections among concepts that seem unrelated. It is like increasing hyper-priming. Weed also causes the brain to release dopamine, a neurochemical substance that gives users a calm feeling. People high on weed usually discover that their thoughts and feelings move more freely. More research on the use of weed shows that it blurs the lines between the human five senses, increasing the capacity for some creative display.

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If we move away from science a little bit, another evidence of the importance of weed to creativity is the way celebrities fight over it. Many famous people have made their conclusion on their use of weed clear. Steve Jobs once remarked that the best way he could define the effect of weed is that it made him relaxed and creative. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys claims that smoking weed helped him to write the massively acclaimed pet sound album. Another actor, screenwriter, and director named Kevin Smith credited his ability to climb out of his failures with films, to the smoking of weed

Weed and creativity in music production

Most musical artists especially the ones in rap and rock do showcase weed in their videos and the probability is high that they patronize it. Studies have shown that one of the ways in which weed helps the user to be creative is in the production of music. Some of these artists smoke weed to get new ideas either with their rapping, singing, disk jockeying, playing musical instruments, or even while using music making software.

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Can the herb, something that has therapeutic properties, really sabotage a man’s overall muscle mass?

Around middle age, a lot of men make an effort to start going to the gym in an attempt to shrink that bulging gut and get back into shape. It happens to a lot of us. The years have a way of creeping up while we’re busy out there trying to earn a living and helping to raise families.

All of a sudden, we’re fat and 40-something, our chests are sunken in, and everyone calls us chicken legs when we walk around in a pair of shorts. Forget what the Internet tells you; Dad Bod is not in. The only people who find a squishy physique attractive are those who are out of shape.

The good news is, all a man has to do is fix his diet and dedicate some time to cardio and strength training, and he can get himself back into fighting shape. You can’t turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again. In fact, many fitness conscious men claim to be in the best condition of their lives around middle age. Just take a look at 48-year-old Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for further proof. It takes a lot of work to get to that point, though. After all, the body of an older male just doesn’t respond and recover like it did when he was 20. That’s the reason men, especially older ones, have to be careful not to do anything that can destroy their gains.

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In honor of all the moms out there, we’ve curated a special list of hemp-based products mothers will surely swoon over. High-quality CBD topicals always make for a nice gift, but Mom also deserves a thoughtful gesture—a massage at her favorite spa, breakfast in bed, a relaxing afternoon to herself, or maybe just spending some time together.

Along with premium, best-in class CBD products, this list also features fun hemp-related products along with ideas for incorporating the benefits of CBD into a memorable Mother’s Day. From waking up on Sunday morning, to falling asleep at night, the mom in your life will be feeling the love.

1. Cannabis Leaf Waffle Maker by Waffleye

Wake Mom up this Mother’s Day with cannabis-themed waffles. The Waffleye Waffle Maker features a large cannabis leaf design and adds some fun and creativity to breakfast, regardless of whether you infuse your waffles with cannabis or not. If she likes to wake and bake, be sure to check out Waffleye’s cannabis-infused recipes, ranging from easy to more difficult. Top it off with this pure, grade-A CBD maple syrup by Northwoods Maple Farm for an added treat.

2. CBD Coffee by Strava

Strava’s specialty coffee is infused with broad-spectrum CBD for a delicious cup of joe that delivers energy, focus and alertness without the jitters. Whole bean, K-Cup or Nespresso formats make it easy for you to prepare her favorite way. Strava coffee is available in three different strengths of CBD (4mg, 10mg, and 20 mg) so that you can make Mom the perfect morning cup. Not only are the beans delicious and sustainably sourced, but we love how the synergy of CBD and caffeine sets you up for an energetic, fulfilling day, and we think she will too.

3. Italian Sparkling Rose & Prosecco by Weed Cellars

Whether it’s breakfast in bed with mimosas, or an afternoon soaking up the sun and sipping on rose that she wants, Weed Cellars has you covered. This fun brand name reflects the changing times, but none of their products contain THC or CBD. Their sparkling rose and prosecco are produced from Glera grapes in Friuli, Italy—an ideal location for sparkling wines. At $12.99/bottle, both styles showcase a full range of flavors at an affordable price point. Not too dry and not too sweet, these wines hit the mark.

Cannabis Leaf Waffle Maker

During the pandemic, cannabis delivery and drive-thru options became more of a hot topic than ever before. In addition to the logistics and safety it provides, delivery offers a stress-free, convenient system that is here to stay. According to a recent poll from Ganja Goddess, a California-based, online brand for cannabis consumers, cannabis users want to keep getting their weed delivered.

According to the poll’s results, cannabis use has increased and is driven in many cases by managing mental health issues. Edibles have become even more important than flower as a way to consume, and vape pens are not as popular—or at least they weren’t last year because no one was on the go. 

“Since the start of the pandemic, Americans are spending more time than ever at home, leading to an overwhelming national demand for delivery services,” said Ganja Goddess CEO Zachary Pitts.

“The initial spike in cannabis delivery sales was noteworthy, but its continued prevalence more than one year later speaks volumes. A rise in cannabis consumption and greater emphasis on managing health further highlight the impact of these challenging times. Ganja Goddess has been tracking and sharing a variety of cannabis consumer trends throughout this time frame to uncover lasting shifts in consumer preferences and behaviors. The results help our industry make more informed business decisions and better satisfy customers’ needs and desires as we move into the mainstream.” 

Cannabis Delivery Booming During Pandemic And Not Slowing Down

The poll showed that according to 89.9 percent of respondents, cannabis delivery services are the primary purchasing method during the pandemic. This is up 70 percent from pre-pandemic times. Only 6.4 percent of people say they go to retail shops, and 60 percent said they used delivery apps out of convenience, predicting that this new model should be here to stay if businesses want to keep consumers happy. 

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Many users are turning to herbal medicine to manage various health conditions. Cannabis, CBD, and kratom have some important similarities and differences. The herbs have been around for hundreds of years and are undergoing research on their medicinal benefits and effects.

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis is a psychoactive drug whose main cannabinoids are CBD and THC. Research shows that there are more than a hundred cannabinoids in cannabis, including CBL (cannabicyclol), CBN (cannabinol), and THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid).

The CBD and THC are widely used for medicinal and recreational purposes. THC works on regions of the brain that affect balance and attention, memory, posture, and coordination. This allows it to influence your capability of processing stimuli. And, being psychoactive, THC gives intense excitement and happiness.

What is CBD?


In March, the Orange City Council took a preliminary vote, 4-2, in favor of an ordinance that would ban recreational marijuana sales within its borders.

 

The vote, which happened following the first reading of the ordinance, drew the ire of many in the community, including several business owners who are preparing to open recreational marijuana operations in the predominately Black township. The ordinance would need to be passed again at a second reading to become law.

 

“For an applicant, such as ourselves, who did everything correctly...if a town then pulls its support, do we then become free agents, essentially?” said Travis Ally, co-owner of 93iD.

 
 

93iD plans on operating a fully integrated marijuana company, from “seed to sale,” its owners Levi Holmes and Ally told NJ Advance Media Saturday. According to the owners, the company already spent about $500,000 to secure its facility located at 95-123 Freeway Drive, totaling 125,000 square feet. It would be one of the largest marijuana facilities in the region, the owners said.

 
 

Both owners of 93iD are Black.

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You have to know what ratio suits you best. And the only way to do this is to sample some strains.

The expansion and growth of the legalized marijuana market in several countries imply that cannabis smokers are free to choose from several options of cannabis. People that procure their products from the right legal sources tend to notice the THC and CBD content percentage stated clearly on the product. In addition to the CBD to THC ratio other key details are also stated.

However, some consumers have no idea of the usefulness of the CBD to THC ratio, the few that do tend not to pay attention to it unless they have to.


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Most times, the consumers that pay the most attention to the ratio are the medical patients being prescribed cannabis-based medication.

THC Benefits That Have Nothing To Do With Getting High

A 2020 report by Oasis Intelligence showed that 16 percent of moms have been inclined to purchase cannabis during the pandemic, which is not surprising given the fact that women have been disproportionally impacted by job loss, homeschooling responsibilities, and combining caregiving with a work-from-home schedule.  Despite the encouraging numbers stating that half of all adults in the US have received at least one dose of the vaccine, states like Michigan are providing ample evidence that the pandemic, and therefore pandemic-driven cannabis consumption, is not yet behind us. In fact, a recent National Retail Federation survey predicts that Mother’s Day spending will hit a record high of $28.1 billion dollars this year, up $1.4 billion from 2020. On average, consumers plan to spend $16 more than they planned to spend last year when most of the country was in lockdown.

Even before the pandemic, the industry was seeing notable growth in cannabis purchases by mothers and businesses responded in kind, creating products specifically geared towards the consumer needs of the mom demographic. Cannabis company Mother and Clone offers a discreet line of sublingual nano-sprays that allow customers to consume a small, metered dose, then wait an hour or so and take more if needed. To ring in this year’s celebration of the matriarchs in our lives, companies such as Kyoto Botanicals are offering 20% off promotions on products like their BREATHe CBD-infused facial serum, WARM(th) Body Balm and, for the fur baby moms, low-strength bacon beef flavored CBD dog treats

Autumn Brands’ co-founder and self-proclaimed “Canna Mom” Autumn Shelton is a vocal advocate for both her Nourishing Joint and Muscle Salve and the benefits of better sleep, reduced inflammation, and less anxiety that so many cannabis products afford to hard-working mothers just like her. “This has been an incredibly challenging time for us all,” Shelton says. “Moms have had additional stress. As a mom, the combination of cannabis and going on a run is the perfect recipe. When I come back from my run, I am present and an engaged mom ready to sit with my kids and do a puzzle.”

Cannabis is popular among many as an alternative to alcoholic beverages, and more than a few “wine moms” are switching from Clos du Bois to cannabis cocktails for their end-of-day wind-down, minus the hangover, dehydration, and extra calories. Good Stuff Beverages created a line of cannabis-infused beverages for just such occasions, using natural ingredients and light, fresh flavors like the ones found in their cannabis-infused Strawberry Hibiscus Lemonade sweetened with honey. If you’re hooked on the idea of a more traditional commemoration, Mello CBD Sea Salted Caramels are a sweet twist on the standard box of chocolates, and with 15 mg of CBD in each piece, she won’t have to bite all of them to find her favorite. 

My own mom has developed a close and personal relationship with CBD gummies over the last few years, and uses them daily to help her with anxiety and sleep. She finds herself in the company of none other than Martha Stewart, who has found her way into the hemp market with her Mother’s Day Sampler of CBD gummies, with 10 mg of CBD isolate per gummy. Packaged in a linen-textured drawer box, Stewart is both on-brand and on-trend this Mother’s Day, though I’m sure for most moms opening their special day surprises, it will be the thought that counts.

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Recreational marijuana sales in April blew away a short-lived monthly record in Illinois, as revenues totaled nearly $115 million.

Revenue was up nearly $6 million from the previous record in March, and more than double the average monthly total in 2020, the state’s first year of recreational marijuana sales, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

In April, the state’s 110 dispensaries sold nearly 2.5 million recreational weed products, with in-state residents spending about $80 million and out-of-state customers accounting for $35 million, according to totals released Monday.

Illinois has yet to release medical marijuana sales for April.

 
 

Marijuana sales in Illinois have soared since the state legalized recreational use in January 2020, reaching $1.03 billion last year. That included $669 million in recreational weed sales and more than $366 million in medical sales. The pace has accelerated in 2021, with nearly $377 million in marijuana sales through March, including $279 million in recreational sales and $98 million in medical sales, according to the state.

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