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There was no hesitation to think that the legalization of marijuana in Illinois would rake in millions of dollars for state dispensaries.

According to CNN and ABC7 Chicago, $11 million in total revenue from cannabis sales scattered the state as Illinoisans continue to utilize the now-legal methods of purchasing marijuana.

However, that luxury has not yet graced the residents of Bloomington-Normal.

Enter The Green Solution, a strictly medicinal dispensary that is now expecting to offer a recreational product in the near future.

Luckily for weed users in the local area, recreational use is slated to become a norm stemming from a planned Jan. 23 zoning board of appeals meeting.

The Green Solution hopes to be approved of its initial permit request, according to Normal City Manager Pam Reece.

As for now, the dispensary requires a medical cannabis card in order to purchase any of its products.

Cannabis seems to be in high demand in Bloomington-Normal, with reportedly over 170 people lining up at the store on Jan. 1, per WGLT.

Illinois’ passage to legalize marijuana is a huge step forward in the right direction as far as creating another way to increase the state’s economic value. As more towns look to capitalize on the new law, the recreational use of cannabis is hoped to drive up Illinois’ historically struggling economy.

This law was a crucial point to current Governor J.B. Pritzker's gubernatorial campaign this past year.

Although with new and safe methods of purchasing, there still are restrictions set on the amount a person can have at once.

Those 21 and up can possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public. You can’t transport cannabis unless it is in closed packaging that is out of reach of the driver and other occupants of the vehicle. You cannot use marijuana in any hospital, school or child-care facility property.

To the average person, these restrictions are a dream come true if you are a regular cannabis user. The law is safe, easy to follow, yet still uncharted in how the law affects potential employees of companies.

According to the Hartford Courant, the law was amended in December to correspond concerns from employers and the rights they have with employees who use.

“In Illinois, employers are allowed to fire workers who bring cannabis to the office, show up impaired or fail random drug tests. Companies are also able to reject job applicants who don’t pass drug screens,” Hartford Courant staff writer Lisa Schencker said.

There’s still plenty of give and take in the first two weeks of legalization. But when looking at the success of states such as Colorado and California, recreational sales still provide light at the end of the tunnel in Illinois.

Although it is now legal, remember to burn responsibly from here on out.

JONATHAN BARLAS is Editor in Chief of The Vidette. He can be reached at jgbarla@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter @janveselybarlas

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