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Let The Medical Marijuana Growing Begin

There will be no public access or tours. Gawkers will be greeted with a secure fence. Certainly, there will be no free samples. But Green Thumb Industries slightly lifted the proverbial curtain Friday to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at its Oglesby cannabis growing facility —… Read More...

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Aldermen approve help for marijuana farm planned in RI

ROCK ISLAND — Aldermen on Monday helped advance plans for a company hoping to build a medical marijuana cultivation center on 10 acres along 51st Street West in the southwest part of the city. The council approved paying $36,632 for work to compensate for wetlands that… Read More...

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Oglesby one step away from allowing cannabis growing

Anyone in Oglesby worried about a giant field of legal marijuana where teens can pluck buds can rest easy: The proposed cannabis growing facility will be completely enclosed and under 24-hour surveillance. That was enough for the Oglesby Plan Commission to unanimously recommend Tuesday that Green… Read More...

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‘Fort Knox’ Security For Illinois Marijuana Trade

Medical marijuana in Illinois will be encased in vaults, monitored by security guards and protected by fingerprint-recognition biometrics. It will be grown in enclosed, locked facilities. Silent alarms, 24-hour video surveillance and bulletproof glass will safeguard the retail centers where patients with special IDs will be… Read More...

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Medical Marijuana Could Grow In Rock Island

By the end of 2014, Rock Island could house one of Illinois’ 22 medical marijuana cultivation centers. In recent weeks, Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, or GTI, approached the city of Rock Island about buying a 10-acre city-owned parcel of land at 8153 51st St. W. Rock Island alderman approved the sale… Read More...

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Rock Island readies for medical marijuana vote

Rock Island aldermen are poised to approve plans to grow medical marijuana within city limits on Monday night. That’s why this corn field off Andalusia Road could soon be featuring another cash crop. Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries wants to buy just over 10 acres for $135,000.… Read More...

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Former top Capitol cop turns to pot security

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Senate’s former top cop is moving from guarding the U.S. Capitol to protecting pot. Terry Gainer, who retired in May as one of the Senate’s longest-serving sergeants at arms, has been hired as a security consultant for a Chicago-based start-up seeking to… Read More...