Illinois: Medical pot farms finally get growing

Multiple marijuana farms have planted crops, and the state is preparing to begin tracking each plant from “seed to sale.”

Five cultivation centers are authorized by the state to begin growing, said Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Kristi Jones.


Two downstate operations — Ataraxia, in Albion, and Revolution Cannabis-Delavan, in Delavan — have announced they have begun farming marijuana.

The state, however, won’t say which companies have been allowed to begin cultivating.

It also won’t say how much marijuana has been planted.

Ataraxia said it’s got hundreds of plants going and hopes to have product available by October.

“We’re going to have oil-based products first and flowers second,” said Ross Morreale, chief compliance officer for the company. “The key difference is when you harvest, you have to let flowers dry and cure. When  you create oil-based products, you can skip that process.”

Oil-based products can include edibles infused with oil derived...

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