IL: Marijuana Dispensary Aiming For Labor Day Opening

Katelyn Baker

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Urbana - A second medical cannabis dispensary is coming to Champaign-Urbana, and is setting its sights on opening by around Labor Day.

NuMed Rx said it has filed plans Thursday with the city of Urbana to start construction on NuMed Urbana Dispensary at 105 E. University Ave., the vacant former Blockbuster Video store site.

NuMed's Chief Executive Officer Bob Fitzsimmons couldn't be reached, but said in a written statement that the time is right to move ahead, as the state's medical cannabis program is maturing and qualified patients need what the dispensaries are selling.

"We are excited to get the construction phase of NuMed Urbana under way," he said.

According to the company's announcement, it's committed to creating a "healthy, effective and safe experience for its patients" and implements the highest standards and most stringent safeguards, using best practices from pharmaceutical and medical industries.

This new dispensary will be the second and final one permitted to open in State Police District 10, which takes in Champaign, Cole, Douglas, Edgar, Macon, Moultrie Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion counties. The first, Phoenix Botanical, at 1704 S. Neil St., C, opened in early May.

Dan Linn, Phoenix Botanical's manager, said business there has "picked up well."

"I'd say we're just over 100 patients registered to us," he said.

The dispensary has also gotten a lot of positive feedback from patients who have been able to find relief from cannabis products, he said.

Linn said he thinks District 10 can support a second dispensary, and one opening in Urbana could be convenient for patients in Danville.

"District 10 encompasses a much wider area than Champaign-Urbana," he said. "We want to make sure the patients have access to this medicine."

The Urbana dispensary is one of three being opened by Wheaton-based NuMed Rx, with others in Chicago and East Peoria.

Fitzsimmons is one of four executives listed on the company's website. A description of his background says he has done extensive work on marijuana-infused product production and cannabis-related public affairs and policy issues for medical firms, including nutraceutical companies and dosing pharmacists with a current focus on proprietary technology in the area of state-of-the-art delivery systems.

Plans to open in Urbana in early September are based on a favorable inspection and receiving a state license. Meanwhile, the company is directing prospective patientsto its website at for more information.


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