Springfield (AP) — Illinois officials say the state’s first medical marijuana patients have purchased nearly $801,000 worth of cannabis during the program’s first month. Program director Joseph Wright announced the figures yesterday. The numbers indicate Illinois has collected roughly $56,550 in taxes from wholesale sales of medical marijuana during the month. Marijuana wholesalers pay a 7 percent tax to the state. Legal marijuana sales began Nov. 9 in Illinois. There are now 16 licensed dispensaries operating in Illinois. The first month’s dispensary sales figures indicate that the retail price per gram on average was roughly $14 to $15.