New Medical Marijuana Dispensary Prepares to Open Next Week

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A second medical marijuana dispensary is opening in the Champaign-Urbana area.

NuMed Urbana is preparing to open its doors next week. The facility will be able to serve 5,000 patients' medical needs.

"For me, I have family waiting for this medicine," says Jayme Brewer, the agent in charge of NuMed Urbana. Brewer says he's been eagerly waiting for the dispensary to open for two years.

"The opportunity to finally say 'Here it is, try this, see how it works for you!' is very uplifting for me," Brewer explains.

NuMed will open for business on October 25. The dispensary is focusing on a medical-centered approach.

"The owners of NuMed have chosen to take a clinical approach to how they deal with patients. Any patient that comes has an opportunity to log their progress and communicate with their physician," explains Ben Rediger, the Founder of Education to Grow and NuMed's consulting partner.

The center offers medical marijuana in a variety of forms from four different cultivation centers from around central and southern Illinois.

"Most patients will be familiar with the flower. We will also be offering edibles and tinctures, as well as infused products, like patches," says Brewer.

NuMed is secure with more than 50 video cameras. Every patient has to be buzzed in to enter.

"This is really about legitimizing cannabis as medicine at an institutional level for hospitals and for the community," says Rediger.

Brewer believes NuMed is all about one thing: being able to help patients.

Patients, families, and the general public can see the facility during two preview days: tomorrow, October 19 from 4pm to 7pm and Thursday, October 20 from 1pm to 5pm.

NuMed officially opens for business Tuesday, October 25. NuMed Urbana is located at 105 East University Avenue.

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