GALENA, Ill. — A marijuana dispensary soon will open in Galena, potentially as early as next month.
PharmaCann, which operates dispensaries under the brand name Verilife, will open a dispensary selling both medical and recreational marijuana in a former bank at 115 Perry St.
“Verilife is thrilled to be joining the downtown Galena business community,” the company said in a statement. “We have been working closely with local and state officials over the past several months to meet and exceed regulatory and safety standards and are now targeting an opening date in late February 2021.”
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The Galena dispensary will be Verilife’s fifth Illinois location. The company sells a wide variety of both recreational and medical cannabis products.
City building official Jonathan Miller said the more-than-$1.5 million renovation started after Thanksgiving.
“They pretty much 100% gutted the building,” he said. “It’s a complete remodel. They’re just kind of using the shell. Outside of the vault, the last time we went through for an inspection I think only half a wall was left from the original bank building.”
City Administrator Mark Moran said City Council members approved a city ordinance allowing for a dispensary after Illinois legalized adult-use recreational marijuana on Jan. 1, 2020. Anyone at least 21 years old can buy and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis.
State law prohibits dispensaries from operating within 1,500 feet of each other, which then limits the number of possible downtown dispensaries to one. The Galena ordinance further limits dispensary locations, as the business cannot be within 250 feet of a residential property or 1,000 feet within a school or day care facility. And it