Buy Marijuana In Indiana:The Northwest Indiana residents traveled less than 10 miles into Illinois to legally pick up some marijuana.
On Martin Luther King Day, none of the Hoosiers seemed concerned though, citing a variety of reasons from secure packaging to putting the product in the trunk of their cars.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
“As long as it’s not open, it shouldn’t be a problem,” said Johnta, of Gary.
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Windy City Cannabis declined to comment, specifically to questions about how many Indiana residents have visited, but a worker at the dispensary stated that, based on the IDs he’s seen, it seems that more than half of the customers are from Indiana.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
A few Indiana residents in line Jan. 20 said that when they visited the dispensary on Jan. 1, when recreational marijuana sales were officially legal in Illinois, it seemed like half of the crowd was from Indiana.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
Jason was visiting the Homewood dispensary for the third time to purchase vape cartridges. On the first day, Jason said, it looked like “more than half” of the cars in the parking lot had Indiana plates.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
Jason said those who have purchased from the Homewood dispensary shared his sentiment about their purchase becoming illegal once they cross back into Indiana.[Most read] Second stimulus check updates: Coronavirus relief talks collapse; no new aid for millions of jobless Americans »
“It hasn’t bothered me in the last 20 years, it won’t bother me now,” Jason said.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
While Indiana residents seem to be taking advantage of Illinois legalizing recreational marijuana, they are only allowed to purchase half the amount of cannabis products that Illinois residents are allowed to buy.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
Non-Illinois residents can purchase 15 grams, or half an ounce, of plant material, edibles with no more than 250mg of Tetrahydrocannabinol, and no more than 2.5 grams of concentrate product, like wax and vape, according to the Windy City Cannabis website.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
Despite the purchasing rules, Indiana residents in line said they prefer going to the dispensary as opposed to purchasing marijuana illegally because there is a large variety and selection.v
“You know exactly what you’re getting,” Jason said.
As people waited outside, it was easy to spot repeat customers. They were holding their driver’s licenses. Before entering the facility, everyone had to show a security guard their license.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
When the dispensary opened, a security officer let the first five people inside. That’s the rule: only five people inside at a time. Soon after, the security guard handed the first person in line a piece of paper, an a la carte-style list of the products for sale.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
The people waiting looked over the list, then passed it back quietly to the person behind them, like a note during class.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
Johnta, who visited the Homewood dispensary for the first time, said he was there “to see what they have.” He was specifically looking for Cereal Milk and Gary Payton, strains of marijuana. Johnta reviewed the list and decided to leave because the dispensary did not have the strains he wanted.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
A few others stepped out of line, too, stating they will visit the other three Windy City Cannabis dispensaries to see if the products they want are available there.[Most read] Second stimulus check updates: Trump says he’s considering executive action on unemployment benefits, protections for preexisting conditions (which already exist) »
Mike, of St. John, said he came to purchase edibles because marijuana has helped with knee pain following seven surgeries.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
“With (marijuana) being legal and so close, you just have no choice,” Mike said.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
Mike, who visited the dispensary for the first time, said he was only “kind of concerned” about driving back to Indiana, but he put the sealed product in his trunk before leaving.Buy Marijuana In Indiana
Tony, of Dyer, said he visited the Homewood dispensary on the first day and about a week later. He recently addressed the Lake County Council to thank the council for considering an ordinance violation that would, with an officer’s discretion, make possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana a ticket-able offense.
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Tony said he uses cannabis products because he didn’t want to continue taking opioids following three spine surgeries. Plus, cannabis gives him “instant release” from pain, he said.
“If I can get away without taking pills, because I don’t like to, that’s good stuff,” Tony said.
Tony said he was not worried about driving back home with marijuana products because “it’s not the first time (he’s) had weed in (his) car.” Tony said he likes going to the dispensary because he knows what he’s getting and the edibles are already made.
Inside the dispensary, Tony said the workers took his ID, asked him what product he wanted, told him to sit in a waiting area, then took him into a back room for his product.
“We’ll take the next 5, please have your IDs out,” a security guard called out as more people could enter the dispensary. The wait averaged about 30 minutes, a fact that those in line frequently announced to people driving by asking, “how long have you been waiting?”[Most read] From hybrid model to remote learning: Inside Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Public Schools’ fall pivot »
After about 1:30 p.m., a man got in line behind about 10 people and seemed frustrated that the wait was so long. A security guard asked the man if he had a medical marijuana card, and he stated he did. The security guard called him to the front of the line, checked his card, and let him into the dispensary.
“I don’t want to get beat up by stoners,” the man said jokingly as he entered. Medical marijuana card holders are allowed immediate access to the dispensary, and they are taxed 2.25% for their products, according to the Windy City Cannabis website.
Recreational users are taxed anywhere from 10% to 28.75% for their products, according to the website. All products have to be purchased with cash, it said.
Joshua, of Hammond, said he spent $200 for vape products, but he said he didn’t mind because Illinois legalizing marijuana seems to have “impacted street sales.”
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As a dispensary that sells both medical and recreational marijuana, business will be “climbing” over the next few months, Windy City CEO Steve Weisman recently told the Chicago Tribune.
“There’s a lot of pent-up demand from people who have wanted to purchase cannabis but haven’t been able until now. So I see it continuing,” Weisman said. “I don’t think (it will) level off anytime soon.”
Chad, of St. John, a third-time visitor, said he waited in line seven hours on the first day recreational marijuana sales were legal, but that it wasn’t too bad because people were handing out hot dogs and coffee.
Chad said he came to buy cartridges for recreational use and cannabidiol-based products for his father to take for his arthritis.
When asked if he was worried about bringing the products back to Indiana, Chad responded quickly with “hell, no.”
“We don’t open it until we get home,” Chad said.
Even though spirits were high among those in line Jan. 20, the real concern seemed to be supply. By 10:30 a.m., or a half hour after opening, a security guard announced that only vape and wax products were available for recreational sale. By about 2:30 p.m., only nine vape pens were available for recreational sale.
The Indiana residents all agreed Indiana should legalize marijuana, although they know the Indiana legislature won’t do that. Until then, they seem to have a plan.
“Luckily, I live close enough to Illinois that I’ll just drive over the border. I don’t care,” Tony said.