ANNA (WSIL) — The Anna city council is thinking about a proposal to enable marijuana sales in town when recreational use is permitted.

The proposal is a thing every single town and county is dealing with but because Anna currently has a healthcare dispensary, the city has an benefit towards obtaining a recreational business enterprise.

Greg Lambert is safety director for Thrive Dispensaries, a corporation that has healthcare marijuana dispensaries in Anna and Harrisburg.

Thrive is hunting to get into the recreational marijuana game and he oversees the application approach.

Thrive came to Anna when healthcare marijuana was very first legalized and Lambert stated sales have been slow initially.  

“It did not have the numbers that have been projected but in the final 3 and a half years, it is grown tremendously,” Lambert stated.

The new Illinois law offers healthcare dispensaries the very first shot at recreational licenses, so Thrive is hoping to turn its shop into a dispensary for each sorts of clients.

Lambert created his pitch to the city council Tuesday evening.

“I am right here to reassure you that we program on operating the identical skilled and safe organization that we have constantly strived to in the previous,” Lambert stated.

Anna is also residence to Wellness Group Pharms, a marijuana increasing website.  

Common Manager Steve Bundy stated he plans on expanding when legalization begins.

“Correct now, we’re at about 40 workers. I assume we’ll conveniently double that,” Bundy told the council. “That is a conservative estimate.”

Applying for a dispensary license is not low-priced, even though.

A shop like Thrive would have to invest at least $350,000 for an application and the initial license.

“There is a massive investment that we have to do on our side,” Lambert stated. “You are speaking hundreds of thousands of dollars that we have to invest, just upfront, to get a license, so that is a thing the corporation would have to take into consideration.”

And Lambert stated he’s not positive what the future will hold for Thrive in Anna if city leaders decided not to enable recreational sales.

Anna Mayor Steve Hartline stated he expects the city council to vote on marijuana sales at the subsequent meeting in October.

It was on the council agenda Tuesday evening, but Hartline stated he desires additional time for public input.