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Illinois Approves 8 More Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries

The approvals brings the total number of dispensaries permitted to sell recreational marijuana to 22



    Illinois Approves 8 More Recreational Cannabis Dispensaries
    In this Friday, March 22, 2019 photo, marijuana buds are seen in prescription bottles after being sorted at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes on a measure legalizing cannabis for Monday, March 25 though the outcome remains unclear. The votes come after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy campaigned on legalization, striking a contrast with his predecessor Republican Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced that eight more adult-use cannabis licenses have been issued to dispensaries in the state, bringing the total number of approved licenses to 22.

    The licenses will allow existing medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling the drug recreationally beginning on Jan. 1, when recreational marijuana will become legal in the state of Illinois.

    The process for opening recreational marijuana dispensaries is currently limited to existing medicinal marijuana dispensaries, but according to the IDFPR, new applicants will be allowed to apply for dispensary licenses within the coming months.

    The new dispensaries were approved for:

    Verilife – 1816 South Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights

    MOCA Modern Cannabis – 2847 West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago

    Verilife – 1804 Maple Avenue, Evanston

    Harbory – 8195 Express Drive, Marion

    New Age Care – 2015 Euclid Avenue, Mount Prospect

    Verilife – 161 South Lincolnway Suite 301, North Aurora

    Verilife – 4104 Columbus Street, Ottawa

    Verilife – 1335 Lakeside Drive Unit 4, Romeoville

    the dispensary in Arlington Heights may not be allowed to sell recreational marijuana right away, as the village recently voted to ban sales within village limits. 

    Beginning Jan. 1, residents in Illinois who are at least 21 years old will legally be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, up to five grams of cannabis concentrate, and up to 500 milligrams of THC in a cannabis-infused product.

    Residents are encouraged to check the IDFPR’s cannabis informational website for more on where dispensaries have been approved.