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Shortages force closing of some Illinois pot dispensaries

Customer Elise Swopes makes a purchase at Sunnyside Cannabis Dispensary on January 1, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. - On the first day of 2020, recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois, which joins 10 other US states with legal use of recreational marijuana. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Illinois recreational marijuana sales have taken a hit with the closing of several dispensaries around the state because of product shortages.

The legal sale of recreational cannabis began Wednesday, with customers spending about $3.2 million on the first day. Although state officials haven’t unveiled sales numbers, dispensary operators say long lines continued in the following days, causing a product shortage.

Jason Erkes says Cresco Labs shut its Sunnyside shops in Chicago, Rockford and Champaign to customers to “reset” and give the staff that has worked five 14-hour days straight a break.

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