CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say Illinois patients legally purchased nearly $1.7 million worth of medical marijuana during November and December

Program director Joseph Wright on Monday announced sales figures since Nov. 9, when Illinois launched regulated sales with the opening of the state’s first licensed cannabis dispensaries.

READ MORE: Cook County Health Releasing Nearly 10,000 First-Dose Vaccine Appointments Tuesday

Wholesale sales — what growers sold to dispensaries — totaled more than $1.5 million. That indicates Illinois has collected roughly $107,000 in taxes in the pilot program. Marijuana wholesalers pay a 7 percent tax to the state.

READ MORE: South Side Couple Hoping For Refund After Paying $2,000 For Credit Repair, But Seeing No Change In Credit Score

Wright says licensed dispensaries have served 2,815 unique patients. By the end of 2015, there were 20 dispensaries licensed to operate in Illinois. The retail price per gram on average was roughly $14 to $15.

Illinois is among 23 states that allow at least medical use of marijuana.

MORE NEWS: Chicago Academy For The Arts Expands Limits Of Virtual Stage Theatre With Green Screens

(TM and © Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)