Marijuana Shops Receives A Swanky Makeover As Illinois Legalized Leisure Marijuana Sale


Gone are the days of having to visit hippie head shops to buy a pot in Illinois. With recreational marijuana sales legalized in the state starting January 1, 2020, pot shops are turning into fancy stores with more space, more facilities, and more CBD products.

On May 31, 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act to legalize recreational marijuana use from January 1, 2020. The bill was signed by Governor JB Pritzker on June 25, 2019. With this historic decision, Illinois became the 11th state in the United States to permit the sale of recreational marijuana.

This decision was immediately welcomed by the cannabis industry and led to the announcement of the opening of several cannabis dispensaries by various retailers. Among them, Cresco Labs, Greenhouse, and Chicago Compassion Club were some of the early retail giants to herald the cannabis dispensaries.

Within a few months, many pharmacies have popped up in and around the Chicago area. Some of the well-known pharmacies include Sunnyside Cannabis Dispensary – Schaumburg, the Herbal Care Center, the Chicago Compassion Club, RISE Dispensaries Mundelein, Dispensary 33, Greenhouse and Nature’s Care.

Later in August 2020, one of the largest vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis operators in the United States – Cresco – announced the opening of Sunnyside Schaumburg, its ninth pharmacy in the state, creating the largest retail location in Illinois.

Not only has legalization brought financial benefits to the marijuana industry, but it has encouraged and encouraged them to invest in their ideas and give the businesses a decent facelift in the longer term.

Retail cannabis giants like Cresco Labs and Greenhouse, along with many other cannabis retailers, have been profusely changing their cannabis stores. They opened or remodeled cannabis dispensaries with spacious displays, open floor plans, and natural light.

Aside from the stigma associated with cannabis, many more entrepreneurs have now found their way into the cannabis industry. Many of these entrepreneurs have adopted ideas from retailers such as Apple and other high-end stores for design and renovation.

These newly opened cannabis stores in Illinois feature customer-friendly and stunning layouts. Most of these cannabis dispensaries also display the cannabis strains in a round container with built-in magnifying glasses. This allows customers to take a closer look at the buds. Buyers can even try or sniff the products. This upscale setting, products, and service have not only helped shoppers, but also provide shoppers with a better opportunity to purchase ideal products after careful review and comparison.

The ambiance and design of some of these pharmacies are so good that many shoppers only visit because the store looks better!

Many of these retailers believe that stores are more than just a place to buy products. Instead, it should be a place that creates an environment that someone just likes to be in the store.

Not only are these entrepreneurs completely transforming the cannabis industry and bringing it mainstream, they are also raising cannabis awareness.

However, given the reaction from cannabis enthusiasts, it seems that all the investments and hard work of these retailers and entrepreneurs have paid off. Retailers hoped that such a makeover would help them attract more young customers. To their surprise, in addition to young customers, they also managed to attract older customers.

Whooping cough sales also confirm the same story. On the first day of legalizing recreational marijuana sales – January 1, 2020 – Illinois records the state’s historic $ 3.2 million sales of marijuana in just 24 hours! The numbers were historic as no other American state had such significant first day sales in the past.

At the same time, total sales in January 2020 reached $ 40 million despite delivery bottlenecks.

Given that marijuana is becoming a mainstream industry in Illinois and the great initial feedback it’s received, it is reasonable to assume that we’ll see more swanky and bubbly marijuana dispensaries in the near future.

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Beth Edmonds