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Cannabis cultivators gear up for legal recreational marijuana

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Come January 1, recreational marijuana will be legal in the state of Illinois. That's prompting a local cannabis cultivation center to amp up services to meet a new demand.

Ascend Wellness out of Barry, Illinois, gave us a look inside Wednesday to show us their 75,000 square foot facility.

Spokesperson Chris McCloud said they've added nearly 100 employees and about doubled operations.

He said they grow marijuana, produce edibles and infused products to ship off to about eight dispensaries throughout Illinois.

"We started with about 16 employees here and we are now over 100 and we'll probably get to about 190 employees when we're all said and done," McCloud said. "This particular facility obviously is an economic engine for a small town like Barry, in fact, the entire area."

McCloud said they do have the ability to expand space and services.
He said they're going to see how high the demand is January 1 and see if they need to expand.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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