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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Receives First Ever License In Illinois

Illinois medical marijuana hb 1Patients have waited a very long time for safe access in Illinois. It took a very, very long time to get a medical marijuana bill passed, and even then, the bill was extremely limited. Then there was the long fiasco of awarding business license winners, which transitioned into more waiting for the licenses to actually be issued so that cultivation could begin. Today was a very big day for safe access in Illinois because the first dispensary license was finally issued today. Per WQAD:

A facility in Marion, Illinois, is the state’s first officially-licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

Dispensaries must be registered with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to dispense medical cannabis they get from a state-registered cultivation center. The dispensary has to have a business registration, and principal officers and employees must also be licensed separately before the dispensary can open for business in Illinois, according to a statement from the IDFPR.

Harbory, at 8195 Express Drive in Marion, is now licensed to operate as a medical cannabis dispensary.

It’s not clear when the dispensary will make its first sale, but at least it has a license. The State of Illinois has absolutely dragged its feet on this process from the very beginning, almost all of it being politically motivated. Suffering patients in Illinois deserve better than that. Illinois patients deserve safe access to medical marijuana, and I mean ALL patients. Illinois needs to improve its medical marijuana law, and sooner rather than later.

  • Johnny G Benitez Jr

    Drags feet state huh.. Youd think a board would have been assigned by pros to process this quickly and fairly to tap the revenue stream,,, Keep the tax resonable and this will be a nice help to the state coffers

    • peoriadude

      There are only 2,800 patients licensed by the state to receive medical cannabis. It won’t help state coffers, sorry. Patients must have more than a year long relationship with a DR to get a recommendation. Then they have to pay $100 for a license application. Then they have to be fingerprinted and get a background check. 40% of applicants currently are denied a license to use cannabis for medicine. If approved, then their personal medical info is sent to all the police in the state so if they are pulled over they have to do a mandatory sobriety check.

      The growers and dispensaries have to pay hundreds of thousands in $ each year for the license. Every square inch of their facilities must be on video cameras directly connected to the state police headquarters. All purchases must be video taped with a live feed into the state police headquarters. All purchases must be saved in a database for the police to monitor how much every patient is buying.

      The regulations and fees are what will drive up the cost way past the black market, not the taxes, at least to start with. With only 2,800 patients licensed to use cannabis for medicine over the past two years, not even one of the growers or dispensaries will be able to recoup their investment. This system has failed and will continue to fail due to paranoid Democrat over-regulation.

      They need to completely scrap it and start again beginning with allowing patients and caregivers to grow their own. The current system was not passed to help patients, it was passed by the Democrats to help their select cronies and political insiders make money off of sick cannabis patients, but they went overboard and now everyone is going to lose.

      This place in Marion, IL (southern IL) will be lucky to still be in business this time next year with paltry amount of patients the state is licensing to use cannabis for medicine. Its disappointing to see this publicity stunt press release trumpeted all over the internet to make Illinois politicians look good, when the reality of the situation is that those Illinois politicians have botched medical cannabis horribly and strung sick patients along for years with false promises and a system that is doomed to failure.

  • Leah Stamberger

    Right now our state is in a spat with itself. We elected a Republican governor who’s fighting the Democrat led House. We’re in a partial government shutdown because of the fighting. Considering the childishness that’s been going on I think this is amazing. Now, if only Major Depressive Disorder was on the list of qualified illnesses.

  • peoriadude

    I don’t see the problem with letting people know more about what is actually going on in Illinois, so I’ll try this again.

    There are only 2,800 patients licensed by the state to receive
    medical cannabis. It won’t help state coffers, sorry. Patients must have
    more than a year long relationship with a DR to get a recommendation.
    Then they have to pay $100 for a state license application. Then they have to be fingerprinted and get a background check. At least 40% of applicants are being denied a license to use cannabis for medicine. If approved, then their personal medical info is sent to all the police in the state so if they are pulled over they have to do a mandatory sobriety check.

    The growers and dispensaries have to pay hundreds of thousands in $ each year for the license. Every square inch of their facilities must be on
    video cameras directly connected to the state police headquarters. All
    purchases must be video taped with a live feed into the state police
    headquarters. All purchases must be saved in a database for the police
    to monitor how much every patient is buying.

    The regulations and fees are what will drive up the cost way past the black market, not the taxes, at least to start with. With only 2,800 patients licensed to use cannabis for medicine over the past two years, not even one of the growers or dispensaries will be able to recoup their investment. This system has failed and will continue to fail due to paranoid Democrat
    over-regulation.

    They need to completely scrap it and start again beginning with allowing patients and caregivers to grow their own. The current system was not passed to help patients, it was passed by the Democrats to help their select cronies and political insiders make money off of sick cannabis patients, but they went overboard and now everyone is going to lose.

    This place in Marion, IL (southern IL) will be lucky to still be in business this time next year with the paltry amount of patients the state is licensing to use cannabis for medicine. Its disappointing to see this publicity stunt press release trumpeted all over the internet to make Illinois politicians look good, when the reality of the situation is that those Illinois politicians have botched medical cannabis horribly and strung sick patients along for years with false promises and a system that is doomed to failure.

  • Deborah Bilyew-Franz

    There are a lot of illnesses that need to be added to the list. Major depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, actually all forms of arthritis, I could go on but not really necessary you get the point. There definitely has to be more people signed up which I think begins with the doctors. They need to be educated on the benefits of cannabis in the medical field. There are no Dr’s in my area that would prescribe cannabis. I had to make a three hour drive to see my prescribing Dr . I’m just waiting for a dispensary to open and from what I read and have been told by the state is that I will be making a three hour drive to shop for my medical cannabis. No big deal tho I’m just happy the wheels are starting to turn. Illinois could start getting out of debt if the wheels turned just a little quicker.!