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.