It’s Harvest Time For Illinois’ First Medical Marijuana Crop

ILLINOIS: It’s harvest time in southeastern Illinois. And in one city, that means not just corn, but medical marijuana.

The Associated Press recently gained an exclusive look at Illinois’ first legal marijuana crop, and the new farmland ritual beginning amid the cornfields surrounding the historic town of Albion.

Illinois is among 23 states that allow marijuana for at least medicinal purposes. The state’s restrictive law doesn’t allow people to grow their own, only state-approved cultivation centers with rigid security systems.

A company called Ataraxia is harvesting medical marijuana that will soon be sold in dispensaries around the state. It’s the first center to make it to the finish line after running a gantlet of state requirements.


Southeastern Illinois Company Says It’s Growing Marijuana

ILLINOIS:  A southeastern Illinois company says it has started growing medical marijuana and may be the first in the state to do so.

Officials at Ataraxia in the Edwards County city of Albion said Monday that they received state authorization July 10 and have started cultivating the genetic strains that will be the basis of their products.

Ataraxia says it will grow cannabis year-round. The company plans to produce oils, edibles and creams in addition to marijuana for smoking and vaporizing.

An Illinois Department of Agriculture spokeswoman says the department has authorized two facilities to begin growing the state’s first legal marijuana, but has not said which companies have the go-ahead. The department gives authorization as facilities show they’ve complied with regulations, the law and their own plans.