US (IL): Cannabis grower wins approval to open new production facility

Elgin’s first cannabis business will be craft grower Flora Arbor, which won Elgin City Council approval this week to open an indoor crop production facility on Abbott Drive to produce cannabis for dispensaries.

Flora Arbor was one of the first companies given an Illinois medical cannabis dispensary license in 2014, said Anthony Carpino, who represented the company at Wednesday’s council meeting.

Under the license, the company initially can grow 5,000 square feet of cannabis and expand in phases up to a maximum of 14,000 square feet later, officials said.

City council members approved a conditional use permit that Flora Arbor needs to open the facility inside the 51,000-square-foot building at 1300 Abbott Drive. The property is located a quarter-mile east of North McLean Boulevard and abuts the Metra railroad tracks.

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