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Wisconsin Residents Spent Over $121 Million On Marijuana At Illinois Retailers In 2022, Legislative Analysis Finds

Wisconsin residents purchased more than $121 million worth of marijuana from legal retailers in neighboring Illinois in 2022, contributing about $36 million in tax revenue to the state, according to a legislative analysis requested by a top Wisconsin senator.

Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard (D), who has sponsored legalization legislation in past sessions, asked the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) to study just how much money was flowing from Wisconsin to Illinois in the form of out-of-state cannabis purchases.

LFB released its findings last week, estimating $121.2 million in marijuana sales from Wisconsin residents last year.

To come up with that figure, analysts looked at data from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), which disaggregates monthly in-state and out-of-state cannabis sales and also provides county-by-county breakdowns.

LFB said that its estimates are based on the assumption that all out-of-state marijuana purchases in counties directly bordering Wisconsin came from Wisconsinites.

Wisconsin’s out-dated marijuana laws are costing us so much more than $36 million – lives are being disrupted – but this is so upsetting to see Wisconsinites hard-earned tax dollars go to Illinois because WI GOP refuses to listen to the will of the people.

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