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Clinton medical marijuana office opens to assist patients

Clinton medical marijuana office opens to assist patients

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CLINTON — You can’t purchase medical marijuana in Clinton, but you can consult with a health care professional about the program.

Medical Cannabis Outreach in Clinton opened in July and, after a slow start, is steadily growing, said owner and CEO Eric Sweatt.

“We were pretty slow in the beginning, but then put some dollars into marketing and put out a lot of flyers during the Apple and Pork (festival) weekend during the last weekend in September,” he said. “Since then, we have been much busier and happy with the response.”

The goal of the company is to provide a safe, professional, clinical setting for qualified patients to gain safe, legal access to medical marijuana, by assisting with paperwork and getting the necessary license, Sweatt said.

The Clinton office, located in the former DeWitt County Development Office at 116 N. Warner, is one of five owned and operated by Medical Cannabis Outreach, Sweatt said. Other offices are located in Pekin, Shelbyville, Melrose Park and Harrisburg.

“We chose Clinton because it was an area somewhat centered around the others and we felt it would be a solid location for us,” he said. “We like the small communities and the ability to reach out and explain to residents who we are.”

The pilot medical marijuana program began Aug. 1, 2013, allowing an individual diagnosed with one or more debilitating conditions to apply for a registry identification card. The qualifying patient must obtain a written certification from a doctor specifying the condition.

The pilot program would have expired at the end of 2017, but was extended until July 2020 and now includes those suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder or terminal illnesses, defined as those who have less than six months to live.

Appointments must be scheduled. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 309-338-8900.

Follow Kevin Barlow on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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