Verilife Marijuana Dispensary, 4104 North Columbus St., Ottawa, is in the process of hiring new employees.
Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs Jeremy Unruh confirmed the dispensary is hiring and said the company has increased its teams by 50% in recent months in preparation for the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois.
Unruh said it's the company's goal to reach around 40 employees in Ottawa.
"This may not be tomorrow or in the next month but will occur as this market matures and our operations continue to evolve to accommodate the market's expansion," Unruh said in an email. "We'll be in that neighborhood."
Unruh also discussed the dispensary's sometimes shifting hours.
"Our hours are becoming more fixed as the market stabilizes," he said. "We may adjust from time to time, but our customers can check our website to confirm our hours of operation."
For more information, visit verilife.com/il/location/verilife-ottawa-il.
State expands medical marijuana hours
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation granted medical marijuana dispensaries the ability to remain open until 10 p.m. to make medical marijuana sales. The department provided additional guidance to dispensaries that have both a medical and adult use license to ensure they prioritize serving medical marijuana patients as required by state law.
Since the beginning of the medical marijuana program, medical marijuana sales have been limited to between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., while recreational use sales are permitted by law until 10 p.m. To address this, the Division of Professional Regulation has issued a variance to the medical marijuana administrative rules, effective immediately, to expand the hours during which medical patients and their caregivers can purchase marijuana.
Unruh said the change cleaned up language in the state's marijuana rules.