Illinois cannabis sales totals surged to $44.3 million in May, a $7 million increase over April, and the second full month of pandemic shutdown, demonstrating that curbside dispensary pickup and required pre-orders did little to impede sales growth.

“The market is still heavily constrained by supply limitations and outlet restrictions as new growers and retails continue to be delayed and the capital expansion of the current (formerly Medical Only) growers and retailers has yet to scale,” said analyst Andy Seeger of Brightfield Group. “The delay in new grower operations and new retail will likely result in a steady, though not all together impressive, growth as current firms phase in new capacity slowly due to capital constraints and the many governments involved sift and winnow their way through regulatory changes.”

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