Medical marijuana dispensary on the way

Staff Report

Construction has begun on Rockford’s first medical marijuana dispensary, set to open its doors in October.

The dispensary, owned and operated by MedMar, is taking over the former Lady Wellness facility, 2696 McFarland Road, off Perryville.

“We chose that building because of its central location near I-90, easy access, visibility, safety and proximity to major healthcare facilities, making it convenient for patients,” said MedMar president Richard Hall in a release. “We eventually plan to staff the facility seven days a week using local residents and licensed professionals so those jobs stay in Rockford.”

Hall, an attorney and developer with a home in Carroll County, is one of a group of twelve shareholders in MedMar including two pharmacists, a doctor and other healthcare experts.

He says the company’s vision is to provide an upscale, professionally-run facility that offers the highest quality, most effective strains of medical cannabis. They will also offer a variety of edibles for alternative methods of treatment.

“With post-traumatic stress disorder being recommended among other conditions to be added to the existing list of nearly 40 medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatments, we felt the centralized Rockford location was also very well-suited to serving the regional veteran population,” Hall, a veteran himself, added.  “The only VA clinic within a 30 miles radius is located two miles from our new facility.”

Hall said MedMar’s shareholders set up a separate LLC to operate the Rockford dispensary which will allow them to donate a percentage of the facility’s profits to local charities.

MedMar was one of 52 companies licensed by Governor Bruce Rauner to sell medical marijuana.


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