Medical marijuana cultivation center takes shape near Anna

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 31, 2015 at 2:20 a.m.



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ANNA, Ill. (AP) — The owner of a southern Illinois medical marijuana cultivation center says he expects his new facility to be complete by next month.

Wellness Group Pharms managing partner Paul Montes tells WSIU-TV (bit.ly/1UfEIwO ) that construction of a 27,000-square-foot indoor growing warehouse outside Anna is expected to be finished in September.

Montes told the Union County Economic Development Corporation he plans to initially hire between 25 and 30 workers but hopes that his workforce will be much larger once the state pilot project begins in earnest. He expects to harvest the first pot crops in January.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional announced last week that is has approved the first registered dispensary in the southern Illinois city of Marion.

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