* Give the government credit. It has thoroughly indoctrinated a large number of people during the War on Drugs…
“I want to keep our children as safe as possible,” said Wenthe. “I don’t want to increase the number of people in our community already using marijuana. I’ve overheard grown adults right here in our community say that if they do sell it here in Effingham, they may have to try it once to see what it is like.”
Heaven forbid that people might try a legal product to see for themselves what it’s all about.
* Oak Park…
Trustee Jim Taglia, who voted no for the previous marijuana ordinance, was happy the village board will take another look at the issue.
“I do have concerns about the permitted use on North Avenue and our most vulnerable areas, especially perimeter streets,” Taglia said. “I’m glad we’re going to take a look at it.”
And by “perimeter streets” I’m assuming he’s not talking about the border with River Forest. Just sayin.
In a non-descript building on the outskirts of downstate Dwight, production is ramping up for a revolutionary day in Illinois. Cultivators are trimming, prodding, and pampering cannabis plants, in preparation for marijuana legalization, January 1.
“We are cranking as hard as we can crank,” said Jeremy Unruh, director of regulatory affairs for Pharmacann, which operates the Dwight facility. “The state has given us authority to begin producing adult use products, now it’s just a matter of ramping up production to make sure that we come as close as we can to meeting the demand that we’ll see after January.”
It’s a process which is repeating itself at growing facilities statewide. In Pharmacann’s case, that includes an expansion of the Dwight facility which was built for the state’s medical marijuana program.
“We’re doubling the capacity here in the Dwight cultivation center,” Unruh said, “so we can put out about twice as much product as we currently put out in the medical scheme.”
* But that’s not going to be nearly enough…
[Medical cannabis consultant Kalee Hooghkirk of Full Spektrum Services] showed us product lists from several dispensaries. Typical was a drop from dozens of product options to just three, and price increases included a jump from $50 to $60 for a gram of cannabis concentrate.
“We’ve been promised for the past four years that prices would go down and availability would go up, and unfortunately, we’re seeing the exact opposite,” Hooghkirk said. […]
The Cannabis Association of Illinois, a trade group, explains it this way – over the past year, it’s become easier to qualify for medicinal marijuana, and the list of accepted medical conditions has grown. It’s raised the pool of marijuana patients from roughly 20,000 to more than 80,000.
With state approval needed to grow more supply, the industry is struggling to meet demand – and that doesn’t even include the rush of new customers expected when recreational use begins.
* 2 more medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago approved to sell recreational pot on Jan. 1
* Pot companies shed real estate amid dearth of financing options - Capital-hungry weed firms are increasingly selling off property as other sources of funding dry up.
* Highland City Council approves marijuana dispensaries in city limits