Urbana Medical Marijuana Facility Opens Next Week
The second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Champaign County will see its first customers next week. Nu Med has seen a few delays, undergoing a couple of final state inspections, but has held two public preview days in the past week prior to its opening October 25.
The Agent In Charge at Nu Med’s location in Urbana, Jayme Brewer, says the site at 105 East University will offer several different strains of the drug with different amounts of THC, the main chemical compound that creates a so-called "high."
“It’s not all psychoactive - that’s controlled. You don’t have to have a high dose of THC. You can get the same medicine with a very low dose of THC," Brewer said. "So you can subvert a lot of those negative effects. Especially if you’re someone who’s very active during the day, and can’t afford to be well, stoned, you need to have all your facilities, so there is medicine that caters to all those individuals.”
Brewer says Nu Med will receive its product from four different downstate cultivation sites.
Nu Med joins Champaign-based Phoenix Botanical, which opened in May, as the dispensaries the state's medical cannabis pilot program will allow in State Police District 10, which includes Champaign, Vermilion, and seven other Central Illinois counties.
When Governor Bruce Rauner signed an extension of the state’s medical cannabis program to July 2020, adding conditions like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, it also meant he had more control over adding additional ones.
But Brewer says the number of patients is still on the rise, and Urbana city officials are excited about the opening of Nu Med, after hosting public tours this week.