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Marijuana Goes On Sale, Andersonville Dispensary Announces Open House

marijuanaWith state regulators giving the green light to authorized cannabis cultivation centers to start shipping their product last week, several medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago are expected to open today. It will be the first time the drug is allowed to be sold legally in decades.

Illinois mailed out 3,300 ID cards on Oct. 30 to the first patients so they can take advantage of buying cannabis at the dispensaries. However, the new businesses taking part in the sales of marijuana will need the state to start issuing thousands of more cards if they are to be successful.

The state is still finishing the set-up of a computer base that will monitor the patients and their purchases of cannabis. Patients cannot exceed the legal limit of 2 1/2 ounces every two weeks.

The four-year pilot program of marijuana sales in Illinois allows for 18 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries of the drug. Many additional licensed sellers will open up shop by the end of the year.

One of those authorized dispensaries waiting to open is right here in Andersonville at 5001 N. Clark St. Dispensary 33 received all necessary approvals from community groups and the Alderman Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward, this year.

According to its Facebook page and website, Dispensary 33 has invited the community to an open house this week Nov. 14 and 15 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. in order to see its store and provide any information residents may need. Next Monday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., there will be a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

 

 

Sources: Tribune


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