When recreational marijuana becomes legal for adults in Illinois on Jan. 1, dispensaries will need pot to sell.
Initially, they’ll be buying their cannabis from one of 21 existing cultivators currently authorized to grow medical marijuana in the state, the nearest being in Shelbyville.
But after July 2021, the number of cultivators may eventually be opened up to 30, and Champaign City Council member Tom Bruno hopes one decides to build locally.
“I think Champaign County would stand a very good chance of getting a cultivation facility located in Champaign County, and these typically employ well in excess of 100 employees, maybe 150 employees. The jobs often pay well above the minimum wage, maybe $15 an hour,” he said. “If we’re welcoming to this industry, we could be lucky enough to land such a facility in Champaign County, and it would be a great economic boost for our area.”
He said the cultivation centers would be a “highly technical, indoor facility.”
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