MORRIS — The anticipation that has been building for the arrival of Greenhouse's medical marijuana dispensary came to an end Wednesday morning when the ribbon was cut on the facility and it opened for business.
The new facility saw Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick break out a huge pair of scissors outside the former Rockwell Inn west of Morris on Route 6 to officially welcome the dispensary to Morris. The facility opened its doors at 11 a.m.
The opening marks the first time that medical marijuana will be available in either Grundy or Kendall counties, and Greenhouse is the only dispensary to serve those two counties. Patients must obtain a state ID card through a physician in order to purchase marijuana from the facility.
However, there are two sides to the business at Greenhouse, with the non-marijuana side offering general health and wellness.
"It's very exciting," Greenhouse Principle and Chief Operating Officer Matt Darin said. "We are excited to be able to bring this type of facility to the residents of Grundy and Kendall counties. Our goal is to get the people the help they need."
Darin also noted that a range of services designed to help maintain a healthy lifestyle – such as yoga, therapeutic massage and nutritional classes – are planned in the wellness center.
Greenhouse Principal and Chief Executive Officer Mitch Kahn pointed out that, during the building's renovation, Greenhouse was able to keep the Rockwell Inn's bar intact, making just a few modifications to raise it to meet the proper code.
"We really designed the place around the bar," he said. "It's so beautiful, we didn't want to lose it."
Greenhouse already has dispensaries in Deerfield and Mokena, which have been open since January. They are hoping for the same type of success in Morris.
"This facility is actually quite a bit larger than our other two," Darin said. "This one has about 6,000 square feet and the other two are between 3,500 and 4,000.
"The other two haven't had a big flood of patients, but they have grown incrementally since they opened. We hope that as we get familiar with the town and the doctors here, that we have the same thing."
Kahn noted that any doctor licensed to prescribe narcotics can write a prescription for medical marijuana. However, a patient must have a card from the state that is registered to a particular facility in order to purchase it there.
"You have to be registered here," he said. "You can't go pick some up in Ottawa, then come here, then go to Mokena. If you need to change where you are registered, then you can go online and change your registration and within 24 hours, you can go to your new dispensary. So, if someone lives here and has had to be registered in Ottawa up until now, they can change their registration to here and not have to travel so much."
There is also a provision that allows a caregiver to pick up medicine for a patient who may be unable to make it into the facility.
For further information, call Shelley Saffrin at 847-924-6761.