Growers made over $1.5 million in wholesale cannabis trade and paid a 7 percent tax, the Tribune reported. The statecollected approximately $107,000 in taxes from the sales. Illinoisprogram director Joseph Wright said2,815 patients had been served since the program was launched in November. The state has fewer than 4,000 approved patients, the Associated Press reported . Twenty dispensaries were legally operating in the state, anda gram of weed was being sold for approximately$15. Even though the medical marijuana industry in Illinois is in its early phases, several former law enforcement officials in the state have assumed roles in boththe security and business sides. Who better would you want to oversee your compliance than a cop? asked Scott Abbott, a retired Illinois state police colonel, who has worked with two dispensaries to help them comply withstate law. Medical marijuana dispensaries have steadily grown across the U.S. over the past few years, with 23 states now allowing marijuana for medical uses.