As Gov. J.B. Pritzker forwards plans to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults in Illinois, a medical cannabis cultivation facility in Elk Grove Village opened its doors to the media Monday in an effort to show the stringent guidelines and quality controls it follows.
But a lingering question for the operators of Illinois Grown Medicine and the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois is whether the regulations for cultivating recreational marijuana would follow suit.
"It makes you realize what a high level we're at," John Sullivan, a director of the Medical Cannabis Alliance, said during the tour of the 12,000-square-foot Elk Grove facility. "Illinois is the gold standard."
Legislation unveiled by Pritzker over the weekend would allow the expansion of cultivation businesses as well as up to five marijuana plants per home. While Sullivan said he isn't opposed to the latter clause, he wouldn't want homemade marijuana making its way to the open market.
He said he also sees potential for social justice and local economic growth through reinvestment in communities hardest hit by the war on drugs. If the legalization of recreational marijuana is going to build businesses, it should do so in Illinois, Sullivan added.
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