A new medical marijuana dispensary opened in Litchfield this week, giving Shelby County residents another facility for obtaining the drug as treatment.
Shelby County has a cannabis growing facility but does not have a dispensary. For most county residents, the closest place to get medical cannabis is in Effingham. But for Oconee residents and others in the southwest portion of Shelby County, Litchfield is now the nearest option.
Greenhouse Medical Cannabis Dispensary opened Wednesday at 719 W. Union Avenue in Litchfield. It offers more than 200 different products, including a full line of flowers, edibles, concentrates, and infused products. They also plan to provide yoga and meditation classes, massages, support groups, guest speakers, and nutritional counseling.
“Our wellness program is one of the ways we set ourselves apart,” said Shelley Saffrin, director of marketing for Greenhouse Group, the company that owns the new dispensary. “We try to treat the whole person, and we really want to help people.”
Greenhouse Group already has three operational dispensaries in northern Illinois — in Mokena, Deerfield, and Morris. The company’s experience and wellness program should be draws that bring even those in other parts of Shelby County to Litchfield, the company says.
“We offer services that other dispensaries don’t,” said Matt Darin, chief operating officer of Greenhouse Group. “We’re trying to provide more than just cannabis.”
While the number of conditions that qualify Illinois residents for a medical cannabis license has been stalled at 42, Saffrin said Greenhouse’s other dispensaries have seen a steady increase in patients because of a law change last year.
Instead of requiring physicians to recommend medical cannabis as they had before, she said physicians are now only required to certify that a patient does have a qualifying condition. That difference took the accountability and risk from doctors and added