Preliminary recommendations released for potential medical marijuana sites
By Nick Vlahos of the Journal Star
PEORIA — The situation for potential medical-marijuana purveyors in and near Peoria appears as cloudy as ever.
It seemed they weren’t quite sure what to make of preliminary recommendations regarding which businesses should receive Illinois dispensary and cultivation licenses. Documents released Sunday suggested former Gov. Pat Quinn received the recommendations but didn’t act on them before Bruce Rauner succeeded him Jan. 12.
The rankings revealed the dispensary application Nu Med Rx LLC filed was favored among seven in the Illinois State Police district that includes Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford counties. But it isn’t clear where the dispensary would be located or where the company is based.
State public-relations officials contacted Monday were unable to shed light.
Nu Med Rx LLC also was preferred in the state police district that includes Champaign-Urbana and was second in a district that includes Bloomington-Normal, according to the documents. Each state police district is to be allocated one cultivation-center license and two dispensary licenses.
“This is a preliminary score, which by definition would indicate that the scores may change,” East Peoria attorney Clay Moushon stated in an email.
Moushon worked on behalf of his wife, Yvonne Moushon, regarding a dispensary application for a location along Farmdale Road in East Peoria. The Moushon business, Central Illinois Wellness Center, was ranked third.
Ranked second was the application Lake Barrington-based Trinity Compassionate Care Centers filed for a location in a Peoria strip mall located along University Street just north of Forrest Hill Avenue. Another applicant for that site, Chicago-based Midwestern Wellness Group of Illinois, was ranked fifth.
Peoria-based Illinois Therapeutic Health Center was ranked sixth in its pursuit of a dispensary license for a site at Radnor Road and Willow Knolls Drive. The business also was not recommended for a cultivation-center license for a Peoria location. The preference was for a firm that would construct a cultivation center in Delavan.
The documents listed all applicants for dispensaries but only the top-ranked applicant for cultivation centers.
In a statement released Monday night, an Illinois Therapeutic Health Center official echoed Moushon’s comment about the preliminary, unofficial nature of the rankings.
“As a truly local company representing the second-largest medical district in the state of Illinois, we anticipate the new (gubernatorial) administration will follow the original application guidelines,” Fadi Rustom stated. “We trust the Rauner administration will investigate and properly score each application on its merit.”
Another East Peoria dispensary applicant, Dan Joseph, did not return a telephone message. It’s unclear where his application was ranked.
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