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Windy City Cannabis Club Poised To Dominate Southland Medical Marijuana

Update Date: Jan 12, 2016 10:57 AM EST

Illinois' medical marijuana program sets off a frenzied competition among companies vying for the sought-after state licenses to publicly sell medical weed to consumers. With the license comes a snowballing of enormous opportunities for dispensaries that are permitted by state health authorities to operate.

Rising above its competitors is Windy City Cannabis Club- now touted as the undisputed medical pot company allowed by the state health authorities to operate in four Southland towns.

The company is expected to open in these towns after complying the clearance requirements from regulatory officials: Homewood, Justice, Posen, and Worth.

Details of the Windy City's operations aren't clear yet until the management knows what to expect from the regulators, the supply chain, and the market. The hiring of staff and pricing are still in the air as of the moment.

For starters, what exactly is a medical dispensary?

One thing's for sure, it sells medical weed under strict government regulation. But for Windy City CEO Steve Weisman, it's more of a hybrid mix of a pharmacy and a bank.

"That's a really apt description. It will feel a little medical, but as far as security and the back end of it, it'll be more like a bank," described Weisman as quoted saying by the Chicago Tribune.

In another note, the State of New York has approved the opening of marijuana dispensaries in 8 designated locations offering a various forms of cannabis specifically for medical use according to New York Times.

New York now joins almost half of US states that permit medical pot. While many of these pro-marijuana states basically allow it for medical use only, recreational use of weed is now a flourishing enterprise in Colorado.

In Minnesota, however, regulators are trying to understand the issues and challenges behind the state's faltering medical marijuana program.

"Minnesota's program has faltered since the beginning, struggling with low enrollment. Only 844 patients have been certified to date and high costs that have forced some patients back to the black market," commented non-profit organization Sensible Minnesota in a statement as quoted by WDAZ 8 News.

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