Effective January 1, 2020 recreational marijuana sales are now finally legal in the State of Illinois for adults over 21 years of age. The 3rd largest city in the state Joliet, is well positioned to welcome smokers, and non-smokers alike interested in legally purchasing marijuana. There are currently two marijuana dispensaries in the city however Rise, located near Louis Joliet Mall at 2903 Colorado Avenue, was named the 1st recreational only dispensary in Illinois. At the moment, there are under 50 locations to purchase recreational marijuana with more coming soon. Joliet and Romeoville are the only two communities in Will County selling recreational marijuana.
On the first day, Rise Dispensary began accepting customers at 6am, and with a purchase customer could receive one free taco at the food truck parked outside the front entrance celebrating the groundbreaking, historic occasion. The line wrapped around the building with an average wait time of two hours. After the first day hours are 8am-8pm daily.
In order to purchase cannabis products identification must be presented. This is done to not only verify age, but also to track sales. If you are an out of state resident you can purchase cannabis products, but only half what an Illinoisan can. Once you are checked in you are allowed inside, but there is no product on display. Employees with ipads engage you on your cannabis needs, and go over the menu of products. The options were limited as expected the first day, but that is expected to change as with a diverse selection daily. Dried cannabis flower, chocolate, gummies, drinks, and vape products were available. Once you make your product selection(s) the order is saved, and you enter the main room. Due to state law all sales are in cash. For customers with no cash there are several atms on site. Proceed ahead to the line and an employee will ask your name. Once it is your turn in line you approach the sales counter and your order will be ready for purchase. The order is placed in a small white branded sealed bag.
Marijuana sales are taxed highly so be prepared once you are at the purchasing counter. I purchased 3.5 grams of Blueberry X Mazar Indica flower for $64.83 but after tax was factored in total purchase price was $78.
Illinois is now the 11th State to legalize recreational marijuana.
© 2020 Angel Guzman
Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on January 06, 2020:
Haha! What do I see when I first click on the article? A photo of a dispensary, with a cop car in front. They just can't stay away from drugs these cops, can they? lol jk
"one free taco at the food truck parked outside" - No free tacos here man. We're getting ripped off lol The prices here are not nice either. Not nice in comparison to the street prices, I mean. Cannabis has been legal here for a significant time now and I still have not gone to any dispensary, or used the gov't website (the gov't has a website here supposedly selling dope - figure that lmao).
I'm a low-pro type of guy so besides the price being pretty high-up, I don't want to put credit cards on the web to buy weed. I don;t even want to show ID. I'm old enough, let's leave it at that lol So, all my weed come from the black market as it has for the last 20+ years. Until they stop being so greedy and nosy, I'll stick to my own sources.
"to track sales" - Ya, see? I don't like that. I was actually mentioning in a different artticle some days ago how I do not use Google because it keeps track of searches and I do not like being tracked: I'm a predator, not a pray. (I use DuckDuckGo.)
"Once it is your turn in line you approach the sales counter and your order will be ready for purchase." - It all feels so robotic, with so much oversight that it puts me off and this is just from what I hear from others such as yourself. I was told one store here gives people a buzzer and they wait outside. When the buzzer goes-off, they let You in a waiting room and from there eventually, You get to enter the store.
I was in Amsterdam in 2001, a lifetime ago it seems but either way, there were over 300 coffee shops in Amsterdam at that time and so You could walk-in anywhere at any time. Nobody asked anything. You purchased whatever You wanted off menus, sat down at a table, feeling comfortable and had a smoke, or a milkshake, or a brownie, or whatever You wanted. It felt natural. It felt welcoming. Nobody was "tracking" anybody. We're not out hunting. Or, maybe I was hunting; hunting good bud lol (The Super-skunk was the best I tried in Amsterdam at that time.)
I enjoyed your article. Cheers and all the best for 2020!
Dee on January 03, 2020:
Do they scan the ID, or just verify manually.