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Chicago's First Medical Marijuana Clinic Opens Wednesday

By Josh McGhee | December 8, 2015 2:46pm
 Dispensary 33, at 5001 N. Clark St. will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.
Dispensary 33, at 5001 N. Clark St. will open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.
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UPTOWN — On Wednesday, the prohibition of medical marijuana will officially end in Chicago.

Dispensary 33, at 5001 N. Clark St., will officially open Wednesday, becoming the first pot dispensary in the city to open, the group said in an email Tuesday.

The shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until Sunday, Dec. 13.

"After that, our scheduled hours are a little funky, so please bear with us while we figure out how to serve Chicago the best we can," the email said.

Their official hours will be revealed by email to their patients, management said.


Dispensary 33 was the first dispensary in Chicago to get a coveted Medical Cannabis Dispensary license from the city in late November, but the state still needed to complete background checks on employees before it could open.

The state's selection of products is currently limited, meaning edibles and extracts such as shatter, bubble hash, tinctures or capsules will not be immediately available, the email said.

"We have pressed cultivators to provide these products as quickly as possible and they have assured us that they will come in January at the latest," the email said.

High cannabidiol (CBD) strains, which have a one-to-one ratio of CBD to THC as opposed to recreational strains that usually contain more THC than CBD, are currently under cultivation and will be available in a few weeks, the email said.

"What we will have is an assortment of the best dried flower in the current Illinois market. We have personally visited these grow facilities to curate the best of what is available, and as the growers scale up and refine their methods our selection will grow to include a full assortment of the highest possible quality medical cannabis," the email said.

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