Recreational Cannabis Sales Begin In Rolling Meadows – Journal & Topics Newspapers Online

Tucked off Rohlwing Road just south of Northwest Highway is the site of Nature’s Care medical marijuana dispensary in Rolling Meadows.

Rolling Meadows cannabis dispensary Nature’s Care Co. is the first establishment to sell adult-use recreational marijuana in the Journal & Topics coverage area.

A voice recording on the dispensary’s answering machine confirms Nature’s Care is open for recreational business.

Buyers of adult-use recreational cannabis must be over 21 years old and can purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis flower as well as limited amounts of other cannabis products, according to state regulations.

Nature’s Care Co. opened in 2016 as a medicinal marijuana dispensary.

Though the business was only recently issued a state license for recreational sales, Rolling Meadows aldermen approved its municipal license late last year. City Council also passed an ordinance that allows the city to collect up to 3% of the tax revenue generated by adult-use marijuana sales. 

Statewide legalization of adult-use recreational marijuana use went into effect Jan. 1. By Jan. 5, nearly $11 million in sales had been reported, according to a press release from the administration of Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

In the state legislation, businesses already operating as medical marijuana dispensaries, such as Nature’s Care Co., were permitted to apply for adult-use recreational licenses first.

City Manager Barry Krumstok said last month the company had to deal with an issue regarding its state license before selling recreational cannabis. Howard Schacter, a representative from Nature’s Care Co. parent company Acreage Holdings, confirmed the license delay. Neither elaborated on what issue caused the delay.

According to the company website, Acreage currently operates cannabis-related facilities in 19 states. Its board of directors includes former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, former Libertarian Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former executives from Telecom, IBM and Blue Cross Blue Shield in addition to CEO Kevin Murphy who also founded Tandem Global Partners investment firm.

Nature’s Care Co. is located at 975 Rohlwing Rd.

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