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The Southern –With lines hundreds deep, Southern Illinoisans celebrate legal marijuana sales

MARION — Dakota Wilson spent the night in his car Tuesday. He watched the Larry the Cable Guy movie on Netflix as he waited outside the Harbory marijuana dispensary for hours. Wilson wanted to make sure he had a good place in line when the doors opened for the first day of recreational marijuana sales in the state.

The law was passed in June. “This is a dream,” Wilson, of Benton, said. He said he’s a daily marijuana user and has been smoking for 10 years. The Harbory had a laundry list of products including edibles, vape cartridges, disposable vape pens, K-Cup pods and others for sale.

Greg Lambert is director of security at Anna’s Thrive dispensary. He said they did not have any technical problems Wednesday morning and were able to open right on time at 10 a.m. 


The scene there wasn’t much different to the one in Williamson County. A latecomer to the recreational marketplace, Thrive’s two locations in Anna and Harrisburg were only approved for sale Monday. However, they were able to offer customers up to an eighth-ounce of marijuana flower each.