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.”