On Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, medical marijuana patients in Illinois will be able to buy medical marijuana from one of eight state-approved dispensaries. According to the Associated Press, that number is expected to grow to 12 by the end of the month and 25 by the end of the year.
“It’s a safe industry with a strong infrastructure here in Illinois,” Ben Kovler, CEO of Green Thumb Industries, told the AP. “We’re all in touch with local police. There will be no surprises.”
Dispensaries can expect their first shipment of marijuana within the coming days. The state is taking pains to remind cultivators that marijuana can only be transported between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and each vehicle must be staffed by at least two employees.
Approximately 3,300 patients have been registered with the state’s medical marijuana program, including more than a dozen children.