Shortages force closing of Illinois pot dispensaries

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Jackie Ryan, right, of Forest Park, Ill., becomes the first person in Illinois to purchase recreational marijuana as she purchases marijuana products from employee Brea Mooney left, at Sunnyside dispensary Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

CHICAGO (AP) — 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. State officials report a little over $10.8 million in cannabis sales over five days, which dispensary operators say caused 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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