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Illinois Earns $52 Million in Taxes In First Six Months Of Legal Recreational Pot

CHICAGO (CBS) -- In the first six months of legal recreational marijuana, the State of Illinois raked in $52 million in taxes.

A quarter of that will go to communities hit hardest by the war on drugs through the Restore, Reinvest and Renew Program.

So far users have spent almost $240 million on pot.

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The Pritzker administration collected $34.7 million in cannabis excise taxes, and the Illinois Department of Revenue collected $18 million in sales taxes that will be shared with local governments.

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