East St. Louis medical pot farm to be housed in former data center near ‘Stan Span’

EAST ST. LOUIS — The metro-east’s first medical marijuana farm is set to be housed in a vacant U.S. Cellular switching station just south of where Interstate 70 crosses the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge into St. Louis.

At 737 Locust Ave., the site covers 6.7 acres at the end of an unpaved road that stretches nearly half a mile from Illinois 3. The site, which is bounded by railroad tracks on the west and an entry ramp to I-70 under construction to the north, is heavily wooded and home to local wildlife, including turkeys.

An 8-foot-high chain-link fence, crowned by double-stranded razor wire, encloses the 20,000-square-foot building. An electrically-operated gate controls access to the vacant building, which at night is illuminated by powerful, elevated flood lights.

Progressive Treatment Solutions, which holds the state license to grow medical marijuana in the five-county district that includes St. Clair and Madison counties,...

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