First Dispensary Registered in Illinois

The first medical cannabis dispensary in Illinois is now formally registered with the state.

The dispensary, called Harbory, is located in the southern Illinois town of Marion, closer to St. Louis and Nashville than Chicago. Although it has not announced an opening date – largely because cultivators are just starting to grow medical cannabis – the registration means the state inspection process is complete and Harbory can begin serving customers as soon as it obtains MMJ.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will continue to register dispensaries on a rolling basis and post the names of those with final approval on its website, according to an NBC affiliate.

So far, at least seven out of Illinois’ 21 cultivators allowed by law have been given the green light to start growing cannabis, and at least one of those growers is currently tending plants. That means product could be available in a few  months, and dispensaries could start opening by Thanksgiving.

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One comment on “First Dispensary Registered in Illinois
  1. Bob on

    Only Illinois politicians could drag out implementation of an approved bill passed in 2013, decriminalize possesion of 15 grams or less in 2015 and screwed would be growers and retail outlets so much that some have pulled out of contention; all the while, people who qualify for an allotment of medical marijuana typically still have to rely on Schedule II drugs such as Vicodin, Norco, Oxy or Morphine. The State says that all will be better by the end of the year. They’ve been saying the same thing for years.

    Remember too that this is only a “Pilot Program” that has a 4-year run. It’s still possible that growers and dispensaries could find their investments going up in smoke if the legislature decides that the pilot program is null and void.

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