Company looks locally for new business venture

By Gary Brode |

Published 06/17 2014 11:48AM

Updated 06/17 2014 11:55AM

URBANA -- A medical marijuana shop could be making its way to town. From selling it to growing it, a company in Indiana took center stage at the city council meeting Monday night. It's interested in moving here. WCIA-3's Gary Brode has more.

There was no debate for or against medical marijuana. The presentation was short and simple; Urbana would be a good spot for a medical marijuana shop. Do you want us here?

"We decided Urbana would be the best fit if they are willing to have us."

So, company reps met face-to-face with city leaders. The state will only allow 60 pot shops and just two in Central Illinois.

"Carle Hospital and several other regional campuses make this a hot area for medical growth. There's a progressive kind of aspect to Urbana."

The company interested in setting up shop it unknown, but it's currently doing business in California. Customers must have a prescription.

"This is not a head-shop. We're not looking to post neon signs of pot leaves in the windows. There won't be any murals. This is a complete professional store front."

A pot shop in Urbana would employ 15 people and generate new tax money for the city. The company wouldn't give a specific amount, but pointed to Colorado's 35% increase.

"There would be sales associates and medical professionals and security staff. And there would be a higher wage than your local standard because they do want a higher quality employee and someone they can trust."

Peters says the company is looking at several markets within Illinois. Council member Eric Jakobsson welcomes the idea of the potential dispensary and believes the council is as well.

"They just need more time."

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