Illinois' weed tax windfall tops $560 million. Here's where the money goes.

  • The state's marijuana taxes have gone to a variety of programs and government agencies.

    The state's marijuana taxes have gone to a variety of programs and government agencies. Brian Rich/Sun-Times

 
 
Updated 12/9/2021 6:22 AM

First-time recreational cannabis buyers often feel the sticker shock.

With hefty taxes, an eighth of an ounce of fresh cannabis flower typically costs around $80 -- far more than the price of black market weed.

 

But sales have continued to boom despite the sky-high taxes and prices, totaling over $1.9 billion since the drug was fully legalized last January. As a result, total tax collections on pot sales have now jumped to nearly $563 million. And since February, pot sales have brought in a whooping $100 million more in taxes than booze.

So where has that money gone?

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