US (IL): Cannabis-growing company envisions large operation for old Jacksonville factory

Efforts to bring a large cannabis-growing facility to the east side of Jacksonville could take a crucial step forward Wednesday, the 7th of December when city administrators will be asked to approve a zoning change that would remove a major roadblock.

Tim Dorsey, managing partner of Dorsey Ventures & Consulting, said Wyvern Botanicals has already received state approval and licensing.
What's needed now is a building large enough to be transformed into a secure, high-volume indoor cannabis garden.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has approved 21 cultivation centers statewide to grow cannabis for adult use, including Revolution Cannabis, doing business as Ascend Illinois, in Barry. There also are smaller-scale craft grower licenses available, which is what Jacksonville-based Wyvern Botanicals was awarded, according to the agriculture department.

A craft grower can cultivate, dry, cure, and package cannabis and may have up to 5,000 square feet of canopy space for plants in the flowering stage. There would be the possibility of expanding to 14,000 feet under the provisions of the state license.

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