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US (IL): Craft grower might be coming soon in Wheeling

Entrepreneurs want to open one of Illinois' first craft cannabis growing facilities in Wheeling.

The village board on Monday night approved a special-use permit for the proposed business, to be run by a Chicago organization called 1837 Craft Grow. It's proposed for an industrial building at 1480 S. Wolf Road.

The permit doesn't automatically mean the cannabis business is coming to town. It still needs a state craft growing license, said Jon Zitzman, a senior vice president with 1837 Craft Grow, who answered questions about the proposal Monday night.

Illinois hasn't yet issued any licenses for craft cannabis growers. The initial batch of licenses was supposed to be issued this summer but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials have said.


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