State To Decide Marijuana Cultivation Center Licenses By End Of Year

(Springfield, IL) — The state is expected to decide by the end of December whether Centralia will be the site of the medical marijuana cultivation center in State Police District 12. Officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health say they are still planning to issue the licenses before the end of the year, which gives them only a few days to make their decision. The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to issue a license for each of the 23 Illinois State Police districts. The state is expected to decide by the end of December whether Edgewood will be the site of the medical marijuana cultivation center that officials in Effingham rejected. “We are still planning to issue the licenses before the end of the year,” said Melanie Arnold, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Illinois Department of Agriculture plans to issue a license for each of the 23 Illinois State Police districts. Arnold is handling media relations for the issue because of the attention surrounding the licensing process. Arnold said in ISP District 12, which includes Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence Marion and Richland counties, there are four applications to grow medicinal marijuana. The department of agriculture won’t release information about the applicants. But there are reportedly three other sites besides the one being proposed in Centralia within state police district 12 — in Olney, Edgewood and Flora.