COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Illinois pot is popular as the state reports nearly $40 million worth of recreational marijuana was sold during the first month it was legal in the state.

[Read: What you need to know about recreational marijuana legalization in Illinois]

Gov. JB Pritzker said that during the first 31 days sales totaled $39,247,840.83. During the first month of legal recreational cannabis sales, dispensaries across the state sold 972,045 items. Sales to Illinois residents totaled $30,611,632.22, while sales to out-of-states residents totaled $8,636,208.61.

“The successful launch of the Illinois’ legal cannabis industry represents new opportunities for entrepreneurs and the very communities that have historically been harmed by the failed war on drugs,” said Toi Hutchinson, Senior Advisor for Cannabis Control to Gov. Pritzker. “The administration is dedicated to providing multiple points of entry into this new industry, from dispensary owners to transporters, to ensure legalization is equitable and accessible for all Illinoisans.”

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Line inside HCI Alternatives in Collinsville after recreational marijuana became legal on New Year's Day.

[Read: Police warn marijuana buyers about rules]

According to Gov. Pritzker’s office, a portion of every sale will be reinvested in communities harmed the most by the failed war on drugs.

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