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Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Romeoville

The entrance of Midwest Compassion Center is seen. The business is now open at 1335 Lakeside Drive in Romeoville.
The entrance of Midwest Compassion Center is seen. The business is now open at 1335 Lakeside Drive in Romeoville.

ROMEOVILLE – A medical marijuana dispensary that recently opened in Romeoville is the primary provider in northern Will County, according to its operators.

Midwest Compassion Center opened March 26 at 1335 Lakeside Drive, Suite 4, and is one of three such dispensaries in Will County.

“Romeoville was very welcoming of us,” Midwest Compassion Center partner Nicole van Rensburg said. “It was really an ideal fit.”

With other dispensaries more than half an hour away, van Rensburg and her partner and brother, William Hollander, said they are the primary medical marijuana provider in northern Will and southern DuPage counties.

The siblings also operate neurological testing and allergy and asthma testing companies. They said they believe in the benefits of medical marijuana treatment for illnesses such as cancers, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and HIV.

They said it took about 2½ years for them to set up shop, from when they filed their application with the state to opening day. Village trustees unanimously approved in August a special use permit for Midwest Compassion Center.

“It’s been a long process,” van Rensburg said.

The dispensary adheres to state requirements and serves only patients who have obtained an identification card and are named in a state database, or registered caregivers.

During the month of May, Midwest Compassion Center will donate 10 percent of net proceeds to Hines VA Hospital to benefit veterans receiving treatment for an amputation.

The siblings said many of their patients are veterans and that they make an effort to employ veterans as well.

The business also has an initiative with the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago to host informative events for epilepsy patients about the benefits of medical marijuana. Additionally, Midwest Compassion Center is working with the foundation to provide free medical marijuana treatment to a patient in need.

For information, visit www.midwestcompassion.org.

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