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Ag Dept. approves 10th cannabis-growing site

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has approved another cultivation center that can grow cannabis for adult-use purposes. The approval is in advance of adult-use cannabis becoming legal on January 1, 2020.

Compass Ventures, Inc. in Litchfield is now licensed to grow for adult-use bringing the number of cultivation centers growing for the January 1st launch to 10.

Already on the list are sites in Kankakee, Dwight and Joliet.

Currently only cultivation centers licensed to grow medical marijuana can apply for early approval adult-use growth. Social equity applicants will have additional opportunities to open cultivation centers in an upcoming phase.

“Licensed cultivation centers are already hard at work in advance of legalization in January and the department looks forward to continuing to review additional applications as they come in,” said Jeff Cox, IDOA Medicinal Plants Bureau Chief”

In addition to Compass Ventures Inc., nine other cultivation centers have been licensed for adult- growth:

• Cresco Labs, LLC- Lincoln
• Cresco Labs, LLC- Kankakee
• Cresco Labs, LLC- Joliet
• Curative Health Cultivation, LLC- Aurora
• PharmaCann, LLC- Dwight
• PharmaCann, LLC- Hillcrest
• Revolution Cannabis, LLC (DBA Ascend Illinois)- Barry
• Wellness Group Pharms, LLC- Anna
• GTI Rock Island, LLC- Rock Island

Applications for licenses for craft growers, infusers and transporters will be available through IDOA beginning on January 7. The application deadline is March 15, 2020.

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