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Sunnyside Dispensary gets 500 customers on first day of legalization

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Published: Jan. 1, 2020 at 5:11 PM CST
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More than 500 customers went through the Sunnyside Dispensary in Rockford for recreational marijuana products on Wednesday, a spokesperson tells 23 News.

Illinois officially legalized sales for recreational marijuana on Wednesday. Sunnyside was the only Rockford dispensary to sell recreational marijuana on the first day of legalization.

MedMar, the parent organization of Sunnyside Dispensary,

the dispensary closed the line for recreational sales early Wednesday "due to high demand."

Sunnyside will stay open through 8 p.m. for those looking to purchase medical marijuana. Recreational sales will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Sunnyside will also offer alternative parking and shuttles on Thursday.

A spokesperson says the parking is a quarter of a mile north on McFarland, road right past the Spring Brook intersection. It is across from Mercy Health at 3401 McFarland Road.

The shuttles will operate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. a continual basis. There will be now parking in the parking lot at Sunnyside, with the exception of ADA and medical officials, according to Sunnyside.

According to the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois, most dispensaries saw an average of 50 people per hour. The average sale across the state came in at $200.

The wait time in Rockford was around 30 minutes, according to a spokesperson.