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A worker tends to marijuana plants in growing room at Cresco Labs in Joliet in 2019. A Chicago LLC received one of 55 cannabis dispensing licenses to sell recreational-use marijuana in the Quad-Cities.

AP Cara Smith

A Chicago-based entity has received a conditional license to sell recreational-use marijuana in the Quad-Cities.

According to a July 30 press release from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, West Side Collaborative LLC, managed by Sandra Brown, received one of 55 adult-use cannabis dispensing licenses awarded to businesses who scored 85% or better on their application out of 626 applicants in the IDFPR’s first license lottery.

Brown, who currently resides in Chicago, listed Leon Zelechowski LTD, a law firm in Chicago, as the company’s agent. Applicants like Brown were able to apply for licensing anywhere in the state even if they are not a current resident of the area, according to IDFPR.

The Quad-City Times was unable to contact Brown and has no information on where the dispensary will be located. Brown has 180 days to find a physical

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A publicly traded investment firm out of Arkansas, SPO Networks, Inc., recently announced they had purchased their first recreational marijuana dispensary in Trinidad.  

The company has yet to say which dispensary but hopes to be able to reveal that information soon.

According to the company, which launched just last year, it has a business plan of acquiring various cannabis-related real estate and assets through structured financing. SPO’s cannabis activities will include the cultivation, processing, and wholesaling of cannabis and cannabis extracts in Colorado to licensed retailers and wholesalers.

Besides marijuana cultivation and sale companies, SPO is also invested in two recycling facilities in Missiouri.

The company said they already own cultivation sites and has recently entered into a pre-order agreement to deliver its proprietary strain of certified cannabis seeds to a chain of 10 third-party dispensaries in Colorado. Now, it will also be selling direct to consumers via its first wholly owned retail dispensary, to sell its proprietary brands in Trinidad.

SPO CEO and Founder Tom Smith said, “This is an exciting move forward to roll out our ‘hub and spoke’ plan in Colorado. Having our genetic seed operation kicking off and our first disque along with

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