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Legal marijuana in Illinois draw in several Wisconsin customers

Posted at 7:34 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 21:19:43-05

CHICAGO-- Recreational marijuana is now considered legal in Illinois. However, Wisconsin authorities are warning residents not to bring anything back to the badger state.

Hundreds of people stood in line for more than six hours Wednesday, awaiting the opening of Sunnyside Lakeview Dispensary in Chicago.

Several shelled out more than $100--cash only--for all sorts of products. Most customers bought items you can smoke or eat.

Illinois residents can go to their houses and consume, but people who live in Wisconsin aren't allowed to bring it home. Marijuana is still considered illegal in Wisconsin.

Some people in line said they planned ahead to follow the law in both states.

"Nobody's driving," said Mitchell Russ from Racine. "We took the train, and we're going to take the train back tomorrow," Russ said.

People from out of state can buy half of what an Illinois resident can. That's up to 15 grams of marijuana per day or 250 milligrams of the active ingredient in edibles.

Workers behind the counter are willing to educate people on what they are buying.

"I'm excited," said Nancy O'Brien of Chicago. "My son's been wanting me to try it but I refused. So now I'm starting the new year off right," she said.

As of 12 p.m. Wednesday, a spokesperson for Sunnyside Dispensaries said that they had sold to 500 customers. It was too early to determine how much product that they sold.