US (IL): Stephenson County cannabis farm experienes rapid growth with more to come

The demand for adult-use cannabis has resulted in a boon for a Freeport business and local government agencies. In Grown Farms, a cannabis cultivation center, has filled more than 130 of 150 full- and part-time positions, and now awaits to be connected to the City of Freeport's water and sewer lines, but the latter may not happen for a while.

Stephenson County, as part of an intergovernmental agreement with the city, must first extend its lines from Lamm Road and Walnut Avenue to Springfield Road, near In Grown's 80,000 ft2 facility. "Once it's connected, and it passes all inspections, the city will take it over, maintain it, and In Grown will become our customer," Freeport City Manager Randy Bukas said.

Engineering work has just started, Bukas said, and should be completed in about three months. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is expected to take another three months to review and approve the plans. Construction is expected to take another three, possibly six months.

"We're probably looking at next fall as far as when it's done," Bukas said.


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