Illinois Approves 2 Downstate Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

ILLINOIS:  Illinois officials issued licenses Monday for medical marijuana dispensaries in Springfield and Collinsville but denied an application in Chicago’s Hyde Park.

HealthCentral’s Springfield site will be at 620 E. Adams St., walking distance from the Old State Capitol, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the high-rise Hilton Springfield. Its Collinsville site is next to the state police district headquarters.

Company co-owner and Effingham attorney Matthew Hortenstine said he welcomed any extra scrutiny that may come with the locations, saying, “We’re going to be the poster child for how to do it right.”


An Owner Of Firm Sued Over Pot-Laced Candy Seeks To Grow Pot Here

ILLINOIS:  Jordan Coombs is just one of several people suing a Colorado company for allegedly handing out the high-inducing chocolate to people who didn’t know it was laced with THC, causing them to “overdose.”

Now one of the owners of Beyond Broadway — the Colorado marijuana business named in that lawsuit — is seeking to grow and sell medical marijuana in Illinois.

Ben Burkhardt is a partner in HealthCentral in Illinois, said Matthew Hortenstine, another one of HealthCentral’s partners and the company’s attorney.

HealthCentral has applied to the state for three cultivation center licenses, in Mattoon, Litchfield and Troy, and two dispensary licenses, in Springfield and Collinsville, said Hortenstine, of Effingham.