You’d think that since everyone can legally buy cannabis at adult-use stores, that individual medical use permits would have dropped off. But actually, the number of approved applications in Illinois has only increased since January, as last week the state announced it has approved 108,699 applications as of March 31, an increase of 6,180 approvals since January 31, maintaining a steady curve of increases since July 2019.

Meanwhile, since 2004, California has issued 109,307 medical use cards in total.


Editor Mike is a co-founder and the editor of Grown In, a U.S. national cannabis industry newsletter and training company. His career has taken him from Capitol Hill to Chicago City Hall, from...