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Afternoon roundup

Friday, Jan 6, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Heh…

He’s actually mellowed quite a bit.

* Meanwhile…

Basically, they cut a deal which could lead to another debt ceiling crisis.

…Adding… Keeping the door open for 2024?…

* Pretty decent growth. Imagine how much better it would be without the massive retail markups…

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced today that 2022 set adult use cannabis sales records in all categories it tracks. This includes number of items sold, sales totals to Illinois and out-of-state residents, and sales total by month. For the year, Illinois adult use cannabis dispensaries sold $1,552,324,820.37 worth of product, an increase of more than 12% from 2021 and 131% from 2020, the first year cannabis sales were first legally allowed in Illinois. There are currently 113 adult use cannabis dispensaries in Illinois, including the first three social equity dispensaries that opened their doors in 2022. These figures do not include taxes collected, which are reported by the Illinois Department of Revenue.

“When I signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act into law in 2019, we set out on an ambitious goal: to create the most equitable and economically prosperous cannabis industry in the nation. Our data from 2022 shows that we are well on our way towards making that idea a reality,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “Not only did we break our previous sales record by more than 12% with a total of more than $1.5 billion, we also saw the first of our social equity adult use cannabis dispensaries open their doors for business—paving the way for an even stronger 2023.”

“This marks the second straight year that Illinois’ adult use cannabis industry has seen record-setting growth, and we are excited for what the future holds for the most equitable cannabis industry in the country,” said Mario Treto, Jr., Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. “We are optimistic the industry will only continue to flourish in 2023, as we welcome more dispensaries to Illinois.”

Statistics compiled by IDFPR show 2021’s sales totals were all exceeded in November 2022. In total, 36,435,129 items were sold in Illinois adult use cannabis dispensaries in 2022, an increase of 20% from 2021. In addition, Illinois resident sales totaled $1,073,132,436.48 (an increase of almost 14% from 2021), while sales to out-of-state residents totaled $479,192,383.91 (an increase of almost 10% from 2021). IDFPR’s complete adult use cannabis monthly sales tracker may be found online here.

In addition to three social equity adult use cannabis dispensaries that opened their doors in 2022, 189 other conditional licensees are in the process of receiving their full dispensary license from IDFPR. Dispensaries may begin adult use cannabis sales once they receive their full license from IDFPR. The Department also announced in December 2022 that applications for the next round of cannabis dispensary licenses will be accepted starting January 30, 2023. Additional information for prospective applicants (including a mock application, proposed timeline, and social equity criteria applicants will need to meet to receive a license) may be found on IDFPR’s Adult Use Cannabis Program webpage under the “Information for social Equity Criteria Lottery” section.

More dispensaries should force those price margins down.

* Press release…

The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is proud to announce the appointment of national nonprofit leader Bernard Cherkasov as the Museum’s Chief Executive Officer.

Cherkasov joins the Museum during an incredible moment in its history. In 2022, the Museum saw record-high attendance and gained international attention for its groundbreaking virtual reality exhibition, leadership combating antisemitism, and speaking out for justice.

“It is always incredible to find a leader who can meet the moment,” said Jordan Lamm, Chair of the Museum’s Board. “Bernard has had a profound impact on the fabric of the local, state, and national community. He committed himself with compassion and tenacity to the advancement of human and civil rights and worked tirelessly for equity and justice. Bernard’s personal connection to our work and his years of leadership make him a perfect fit for the Museum’s mission and legacy.”

When he was 13 years old, Cherkasov and his family fled antisemitism and ethnic violence in his native Azerbaijan and came to the United States as refugees. His worldview was shaped by the courage and conviction of those who took risks to help his family and refugees like them.

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Roadrager - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:03 pm:

    ==Basically, they cut a deal which could lead to another debt ceiling crisis.==

    “Gang, we can’t ruin and plunder the country together if we’re not, you know, together.”

  2. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:07 pm:

    Even if McCarthy somehow wins the gavel, prepare yourselves. This vote debacle will be repeated every time there is a major vote in the House, whether it’s to lift the debt ceiling, vote for aid to Ukraine or dozens of other issues, the small number of holdouts make it impossible to the Republicans to govern.

    Schumer and McConnell are going to have to do everything they can to pass bills that can get 5-6 House Republicans on board. Does anyone think that’s going to be easy?

    “The gentleman is not recognized” is one of the nicest things anyone can say about Mike Bost. If only he had a stack of papers nearby to punctuate that outburst. But as Rich said, he’s mellowed some in recent years.

  3. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:08 pm:

    Let his people go already.

  4. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:10 pm:

    “2022 set adult use cannabis sales records in all categories”

    That is excellent news. The adult use market hasn’t fully flowered yet, as many licenses were just issued last year and more will be issued this year. Legalization is a work in progress. State government should be open to further corrections and improvements as needed. Like home delivery.

  5. - Norseman - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:15 pm:

    Screaming is what Bost does best. Governing and serving the people, not so much.

  6. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:18 pm:

    How long should we allow a small group of insurrectionists to make a mockery of America?

  7. - Stuck in Celliniland - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:22 pm:

    Portillos will soon be going cashless, at least in the drive-thru:

  8. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:28 pm:

    I wonder what percentage of the total consumer base is supplied by The People’s Market?

    Imagine a direct from producer to consumer market?

    IT’s the only way it will ever work…for the people…over the giant corporate entities who will own the entire market the day Weed is federally legal.

  9. - Henry Francis - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:41 pm:

    == “When I signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act into law in 2019, we set out on an ambitious goal: to create the most equitable and economically prosperous cannabis industry in the nation. ==

    He may be right on the latter, but certainly not the former.

  10. - JoanP - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:46 pm:

    I did not know that Greg Harris was owned by a cat. I have always thought highly of him, but even more so now.

  11. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 2:52 pm:

    I love Cats.

  12. - Chicago Republican - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 3:04 pm:

    Bost was on WXAN shortly after his latest hollering episode. He said he didn’t yell at Gaetz. Sure looked like it to me. Whatever…

  13. - Occasionally Moderated - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 3:10 pm:

    Darren, how can we miss you if you won’t go away? (Someone had to do it.)

  14. - Amalia - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 3:13 pm:

    Once upon a time…pre legislature….Greg Harris was a huge pain in the….. Now he will be missed.

  15. - Pundent - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 3:16 pm:

    I predict 2 years of lots of yelling and screaming. The crazies will feel emboldened and even more entrenched and the GOP will have the audacity to wonder, “how did we get here?”

  16. - JoanP - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 3:19 pm:

    The idea of Bost raising a point of order is just odd.

    Frankly, I think they should elect Cheryl Johnson as Speaker.

  17. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 3:28 pm:

    This is the only (ever) time I can say I envy Mike Bost…for being able to yell in Goon Gaetz’s comic book character looking mug.

  18. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 3:31 pm:

    -Screaming is what Bost does best.-

    And Darren Bailey is positioning himself on that thin fringe to the right of the screamer. Terrific.

  19. - Commissar Gritty - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 3:35 pm:

    Bost still has a job. If Bailey needs help collecting unemployment benefits next week, I’m happy to assist.

  20. - Dirty Red - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 4:24 pm:


    Gather around and let me tell you the story of a Marine who became a prominent member of the Illinois House Republican caucus. So great was his comfort with raising his voice during House floor debate that he yelled his own name into the mouths of future generations.

    I speak, of course, of Bill Black…

  21. - Yiddishcowboy - Friday, Jan 6, 23 @ 6:14 pm:

    Who asked for your opinion, Bailey? Seriously. You’re just like the loud-mouthed loons in the U.S. House, especially Gaetz, the only person that seems to have a larger noggin than Rep. Hoffman.

    In conclusion, just go away Bailey…or at least put a sock in it already. I’ll even buy you the sock of your choosing.

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