SAUGET, Ill.-- The first medical marijuana facilities in the Metro-East won't know their opening date until clearing a few more hurdles with the state.
One dispensary has signed a lease planning to open in Sauget.
"The Green Solution" plans to have a new building built in a medical office complex across I-255 and across from a middle school that is part of the Cahokia School District. The building, which will stand next to the Grizzlies Ballpark, will have a security guard, video surveillance and restricted access inside, according to the head of the company.
Because of the precautions being taken by "The Green Solution", the Superintendent of Cahokia Schools says he's not worried about the location and the proximity to the Wirth Middle School complex.
The dispensary and the school, where junior high students attend, will be separated by six lanes of I-255.
"You'd prefer that it not be in that close of proximity, but in reality, when you look at our district, we have ten facilities that are scattered throughout the district," said Superintendent Art Ryan. "You would probably be hard pressed to put it in the community where you're not going to be within a mile or so of the school."
"The Green Solution", a Colorado-based company, is one of 54 chosen by the governor's office to sell medical marijuana in Illinois. The company says the Metro-East dispensary will operate more like a pharmacy, except only patients registered through the state will be allowed in.
The dispensary says it hopes to be open in about six months, but because Illinois requires the product to be grown in-state, the timeline could change depending on how soon Illinois growers begin their operations.
Superintendent Ryan says he plans to send notifications out to parents once an open date is set.