Dean Olsen Staff Writer @deanolsenSJR
LITCHFIELD — A medical marijuana dispensary, in a building with $150,000 in renovations, is expected to open May 10 after a more than two-year journey by one of the partners to open the new business in this Montgomery County community.
And a $2.9 million cannabis cultivation center, operated by the same Highland Park-based company, Greenhouse Group, already is operating in a Litchfield industrial park. Company officials plan to have their products available this fall at the Litchfield dispensary and other dispensaries throughout the state.
Called Greenhouse, the dispensary at 719 W. Union Ave. will let local patients accepted into Illinois’ medical cannabis pilot program avoid the need to travel to dispensaries elsewhere, company officials said. The closest dispensaries are in Springfield, Effingham and Collinsville.
“We’re moving forward, and things are looking good,” said Sherry Powers, 42, a Louisville, Kentucky, resident and partner in the venture. “We’re very excited about what the future holds.”
Another partner in the business, Mitchell Kahn, 56, of Deerfield, said, “We’re going to have a great opportunity to help the patients of the area with this medicine.”
Steve Dougherty, mayor of this city of 7,000 people 40 miles southeast of Springfield, said he hasn’t received any “pushback” from city residents about the businesses. He said he views the dispensary and cultivation center as economic progress for the city and the potential provider of many good jobs.
The dispensary and cultivation center have been “a long time coming,” he said.
Powers’ company, Compass Ventures, was awarded the right by state officials in February 2015 to open the dispensary and cultivation center in Litchfield.
Compass was the only applicant for a dispensary in Illinois State Police District 18, which covers Montgomery, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties.
Seven applicants vied for the cultivation center