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Pritzker touts marijuana sales in Illinois
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Pritzker touts marijuana sales in Illinois

Illionois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, raised eyebrows by celebrating marijuana sales in the state.

"For the third year in a row, Illinois had record-setting growth for adult-use cannabis sales. We're building the most prosperous and accessible cannabis industry in the nation – taking steps to repair the damage of the past and creating real opportunity for all Illinoisans," Pritzker's post declared.

Dana Perino responded by tweeting, "You're bragging about this? geez Louise."

"This is all that JB Pritzker has to offer- drugs and abortion. What a dark, depressing agenda for a state filled with such hopeful people," GOP Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois tweeted.

Pritzker, who took office in early 2019 and won re-election in 2022, has claimed that "abortion access is healthcare."

"The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ('IDFPR') announced today that adult use cannabis sales set a new annual record in 2023, exceeding $1.6 billion," according to a press release issued earlier this month. The state is raking in tax revenues due to the pot sales. "Sales taxes collected at Illinois adult use cannabis dispensaries totaled $417.6 million in 2023, per the Illinois Department of Revenue," the press release stated.

"Approximately 3 in 10 people who use marijuana have marijuana use disorder," the CDC notes. "Some signs and symptoms of marijuana use disorder include trying but failing to quit using marijuana or giving up important activities with friends and family in favor of using marijuana. The risk of developing marijuana use disorder is stronger in people who start using marijuana during youth or adolescence and who use marijuana more frequently."

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