Updated at 11:30 a.m., March 3, with comments from Erich Mauff, president of Jushi Holdings Inc., which now owns the dispensary in Sauget.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in the Belleville News-Democrat.
SAUGET — The Green Solution dispensary in Sauget started selling adult-use cannabis on Monday morning. The dispensary is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and accepts cash only.
The dispensary, located at 2021 Goose Lake Road, is the second to begin adult-use sales to the Metro East since recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois on Jan. 1.
Anticipating the kind of demand that has brought crowds to the Illinois Supply & Provisions dispensary in Collinsville, the Green Solution roped off lines and established overflow parking at surrounding sites, including GCS Ballpark, home of the Gateway Grizzlies minor league baseball team.
By noon, however, customers filtered in and out of the store, with the lines never extending beyond the building’s exit.
Jeff Adams, who was buying recreational for the first time in Illinois, said the lines were short inside as well. He was in and out of the dispensary in a few minutes, he said.
“I don’t think people really know about it,” Adams said. “That’s what we were talking about inside — I know there’s still two-hour lines at Collinsville.”
Adams said he and his friends had driven past the Collinsville location a few times but didn’t stop to stand in line.
Illinois Supply & Provision began recreational sales Jan. 1, the first day that adult-use sales were legal in Illinois. Since January, lines have stretched outside of the building and often into nearby streets. The wait is often more than an hour long.
In the first 31 days of legal sales of recreational cannabis in Illinois, roughly $39.2 million in sales were recorded, according to the state