STATELINE (WIFR) – Marijuana could start growing in the Stateline as early as next month.
Medical marijuana is on its way to Illinois with cultivation centers in Freeport and Hillcrest and a pair of dispensaries in Rockford.
In Grown Farms is just one of the 22 future medical marijuana growers in Illinois and it’s recently hired horticulturist Matt Hauser is ready to erase the stigma surrounding the plant.
“Once product actually hits the shelf, I think people will be more inclined to talk to their doctor about how it may help them,” says Hauser.
The Aquin grad is helping In Grown Farms set up shop in Mill Race Crossing in Freeport, but a big part of the operation, aside from the growing is security. Edward Jauch says he has the perimeter covered.
“We’re just taking steps to protect not only the people that work here, but the product that we’re producing because we want to get that medicine out to the patients and we want to be able to do that without any interference of a criminal element,” says Jauch.
While the walls on the main cultivation center have yet to go up, owners of In Grown Farms already have big plans and want to be a major contributor to the community.
“We want to be participants in the community. We want to provide jobs, provide opportunities and we want to be known as a high quality medicine producer. We want to contribute to the quality of life as well as the community in general.”
Jauch says production should kick off as early as June inside the already built research and development facility. He expects In Grown Farms to be one of the industry’s leaders in the state.
23 News also spoke with Rockford’s two future dispensaries, MedMar and Mapleglen Care Center. Both companies are in the middle of filing their registrations. Both have yet to confirm where they will be located in the city.
Jauch gave limited information about the security of the site so as not to give anything away, but says they will have technology that at the moment is not used in the country. He says some doors may need a finger and eye scan to get through and adds they want the community to feel comfortable that they are here.