First Day Of Legal Weed Sales, In Photos

Sunnyside dispensary first buyer
Jackie Ryan celebrates as she makes the first purchase at Sunnyside Dispensary on Chicago's North Side on Jan. 1, 2020. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
Sunnyside dispensary first buyer
Jackie Ryan celebrates as she makes the first purchase at Sunnyside Dispensary on Chicago's North Side on Jan. 1, 2020. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

First Day Of Legal Weed Sales, In Photos

It was an historic day in Illinois, and many people in the Chicago area marked the occasion by standing and shivering in pre-dawn lines. They were waiting for marijuana shops to open their doors at 6 a.m. on the first day of recreational weed sales across the state. Scroll for WBEZ photos of the activity at dispensaries in the city and suburbs.

Snnyside Dispensary line outside
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A crowd formed before 6 a.m. outside Sunnyside Dispensary in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood as legal marijuana sales began on New Year’s Day, 2020.

Sunnyside Dispensary  Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton
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Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton is applauded by employees and customers at Sunnyside Dispensary on Chicago’s North Side as she makes some purchases.

Dispensary 33 interior
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Customers view cannabis products in display cases at Dispensary 33 in Chicago’s Winnemac neighborhood on the North Side.

Dispensary 33 customer
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A Dispensary 33 employee assists a customer in selecting marijuana vaping pens.

Sunnyside Dispensary display case
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Cannabis oils and waxes were for sale at Dispensary 33 on Chicago’s North Side.

Mission Dispensary lines
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Crowds wait in line outside Mission Dispensary on Chicago’s South Side.

Mission Dispensary customer and employee
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Mission Dispensary employee Rebecca Rodriguez, right, assists customer Jason Cupples.

Mission Dispensary customer toking
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Joseph Wuokko puffs a joint after making a purchase at the Mission Dispensary.

MedMen Evanston line
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Everal Davis, right, was in line to enter the MedMen dispensary in downtown Evanston. Davis said he had been “locked up” for marijuana possession, so, for him, the start of legal sales was “a big day.”

MedMen Evanston line
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In Evanston, a line stretched for blocks as people waited more than an hour to enter MedMen dispensary on Maple Avenue.

Herbal Care Center
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Valet parking was offered at Herbal Care Center on Chicago’s West Side as people waited to get inside and view the cannabis inventory.

Herbal Care Center employee and customer
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Herbal Care Center worker Tera Verdak, right, talks to a customer at the counter.