Residents who are seeking employment at the future site of a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Worth can fill out forms that are available on the Windy City Cannabis website.
Worth Mayor Mary Werner said that residents can register through the website, WindyCityCannabis.com. Steve Weisman, chief operating officer of Windy City Cannabis, mentioned at a town hall meeting last month at the Worth Village Hall that residents can visit the website and forms can be filled out.
However, the mayor said that formal interviews will not take place any earlier than November.
“The dispensary will not open until December at the earliest,” said Werner.
Werner said the process to have a medicinal marijuana dispensary in the village took a lot of conversations to sway some skeptical residents who viewed the new facility as drawing drug addicts. The mayor said the marijuana would not be cultivated at the location. Advise on treatments and payments would take place at the dispensary.
The dispensary will be located at 11425 S. Harlem Ave., which was most recently a children’s clothing store. A reporter visited the site on Oct. 8. The building is empty but work is being done. A note on the window indicates that this will be the future site of the medicinal marijuana dispensary in Worth.
Werner, despite the odds, knew that a dispensary for Worth was viable.
“Yes, it took a lot of work over a year ago,” said Werner. “The first thing we had to do was create an ordinance to allow a dispensary to come here. Back then it was illegal. The ordinance had to be passed. We talked to a lot of people who had concerns but we answered their questions. Our board approved it unanimously. The town hall meeting we had last month was held mainly to provide information.”
Weisman and Feliza Castro, founder of The Healing Clinic, were the guest speakers at the crowded town hall meeting. During that session, Weisman was concerned about the fact that Gov. Rauner’s administration had dismissed 11 illnesses that would be treated with medicinal marijuana.
“I can’t believe that these requests are being held up,” said Weisman at the town hall meeting. Both Weisman and Castro believed politics is what is holding up requests for patients with illnesses since the dispensaries were originally approved by former Gov. Pat Quinn.
However, an advisory board on Oct. 7 voted to add chronic pain syndrome and several other conditions that could be treated with marijuana in Illinois. Other conditions considered by the advisory board are autism, irritable bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple, chair of the advisory board, believes that Rauner will have a different opinion on dispensaries when they start selling the medicinal marijuana. The first Chicago-area dispensary has opened in Mundelein. Board members indicate that Illinois law establishes a 7 percent tax on marijuana sales.
Mendoza Temple adds that the dispensaries will provide a revenue stream that the governor will not be able to pass up.
Illinois law has 39 conditions and diseases that already qualify for medicinal marijuana use with a doctor’s signature. Cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis already qualifies.