Jushi Launches Adult-use Cannabis Sales At Illinois Dispensary

Jushi Holdings Inc., a multistate cannabis operator, said Monday it has launched adult-use marijuana sales at its dispensary in Normal, Illinois, in the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area. The company’s Illinois dispensaries now operate under the BEYOND / HELLO brand.

BEYOND / HELLO Bloomington-Normal, located at 501 West Northtown Road in Normal, Illinois, will be open from Monday through Saturday.

On Monday, the dispensary started serving adult-use marijuana customers through Jushi’s newly launched online shopping platform and through over-the-phone orders for in-store pickup. Medical marijuana patients can continue to shop in-store as well as place orders online and over-the-phone for either curbside or in-store pickup.

“We look to continue our retail footprint expansion by opening up two additional storefronts in Illinois by year-end, along with several other retail locations in key states like Pennsylvania, Virginia and California,” said Jim Cacioppo, Jushi’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

The new retail location will carry flower, pre-rolls, extracts, edibles, cartridges, disposable pens, tinctures, topicals, capsules and pills as well as various ancillary products such as batteries, vapes, rig and vape cleaning gear, and other merchandise.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jushi Holdings said it will require all employees at the dispensary to wear masks, frequently sanitize high-touch surfaces, take the temperature of store employees prior to the start of their shift, and deep clean as well as sanitize workstations.

On Sunday, Jushi Holdings said it terminated an agreement to acquire an operational adult-use and medicinal dispensary in San Diego, California.

Under the agreement that was signed in the third quarter of 2019, Jushi was to acquire 75 percent equity and voting interest in the San Diego dispensary for about $12 million.

Jushi said that on April 8, 2020, it notified the sellers of the San Diego dispensary that they were in breach of the agreement and had 30 days to cure the breaches.

However, the sellers had not cured the breaches to the agreement as of May 9. The company therefore, decided to terminate the agreement with immediate effect.

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