It’s common for states that legalize adult-use cannabis to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue that would otherwise flow to the illicit market.
$10 million in taxes leak into Illinois from neighboring states every month. Illinois is happy to take it.
What’s less well known is how much tax money prohibition states are giving up to their legal-state neighbors. In other words: How many people in prohibition states are traveling to legal states to buy state-licensed cannabis? Data on that question is hard to come by—with one exception.
Alone among the legal states, Illinois tracks the amount of monthly sales made to out-of-state visitors.
Illinois is bordered by five prohibition states: Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri,…
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