According to Joseph Wright, director of the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, eight dispensaries will be open today. That numbers will grow to a dozen by the end of the month, and up to 25 by the end of the year.
“It’s a safe industry with a strong infrastructure here in Illinois,” Ben Kovler, CEO of Green Thumb Industries, a Rock Island cultivation facility, told the Associated Press. “We’re all in touch with local police. There will be no surprises.”
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are roughly 3,300 patients approved for the medical cannabis program. The Department began mailing patients their official program ID cards last week.
The eight licensed dispensaries are located in Mundelein, North Aurora, Canton, Quincy, Marion, Addison, Schaumburg and Ottawa.