The cannabis industry in the United States has long been centered around such states as Colorado and Oregon, but now, marijuana sales in Illinois and its neighboring states east of the Mississippi River are poised to rival those out west.

The U.S. cannabis market is staring down massive growth, with sales that are expected to reach $22.7 billion by 2023, including $16.8 billion in recreational sales, according to a report out Tuesday from Chicago-based cannabis research firm Brightfield Group.

Political support is growing around legalization efforts, and medical programs are expanding around the country.

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Ally Marotti ~ Chicago Tribune via Philly.com ~

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