Normal – Residents in Central Illinois now have local access to medical marijuana.

“Our Normal location is open now Tuesday to Sunday,” said Trent Woloveck, vice president of national finance for the Denver, Colo.-based marijuana company, The Green Solution, which owns and operates the dispensary at 501 Northtown Road in Normal.

TGS Illinois Inc., a subsidiary of the Colorado company, received the only retail dispensary license in Illinois State Police District 6 that includes McLean, DeWitt and Livingston counties.

TGS, which also is opening a dispensary in St. Louis suburb of Sauget, sells marijuana products, including: flowers, a traditional plant version; edibles, which put marijuana into food such as candy and fruit; concentrates, which are intended to be mixed with food or drink; and topicals, including oils and creams.

Those items are all available at the Normal location that opened several weeks ago. It has has five employees, but could expand to around 60. It currently has 46 registered patients.

Tanya Griffin, former vice president of local expansion for TGS, said previously that a reasonable “shot in the dark” is that the Normal dispensary will have 500 patients within a year of opening.

TGS’ Denver locations average more than 1,000 customers per day, she added.

The Normal dispensary was slated to open in April, but was repeatedly delayed. TGS bought the property, a former Curves weight loss facility, last fall and performed a large-scale renovation this spring and summer.

Illinois is slated to have medical marijuana through at least 2020 under a pilot program that started in 2013 under former Gov. Pat Quinn and was extended this summer under Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Marijuana is available to patients with dozens of conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and terminal illnesses that leave patients with fewer than six months to live.

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