Illinois’ illicit weed market is expected to remain lucrative for illegal pot growers and sellers even after the drug is fully legalized. That’s largely because state-licensed pot shops won’t be able to match the prices offered by the neighborhood weed man, whose business won’t be stifled by expensive licensing fees and high taxes.
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Five years after Colorado legalized weed for adult use, 82% of total consumers are purchasing pot through the legal market, according to Kagia.
Maybe that should’ve been at the top of the story? Colorado has long been a leader in the illicit cannabis market. And yet, legalization has almost fully taken hold there.
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Since Toronto’s Hunny Pot opened in April, pot consumers have beat a steady path to the door, company Communications Officer Cameron Brown said. The average purchase costs about $65 and the number of customers ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 a day.
With 56 strains of cannabis, the experience can be daunting for novices, so numerous “budtenders” or pot sommeliers hover around the shop to advise customers.
Shopper Rhys Paxton called his shopping “a good experience. … It’s a lot better than buying it in a dark alley.”
“Everyone has a different vision about what a marijuana dispensary is supposed to look like,” Brown said. “We take the stigma away.”
Your local weed dealer will never have 56 strains of cannabis for sale at the same time, along with a variety of edibles.