The first Metro East dispensary opened its doors on Monday this week in Illinois. HCI Alternatives joins the other 25 Illinois Medical Marijuana Dispensaries that have opened their doors since medical marijuana became legal in November, 2015. The next closest dispensary is about two hours away, in Marion.
The comfortable waiting room looks and feels much like a spa. The point, said chief executive Chris Stone, is to make patients feel comfortable, and to counter perceptions some might have that dispensaries are sketchy, unsafe places.
Illinois dispensaries are medical only, patients ailing with pains and diseases ranging from cancer and spinal injuries to fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis must first apply for a medical marijuana permit before buying and using within the state.
The next Metro East dispensary is expected to open soon in Sauget.
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