JOLIET – Business has been good for the first two months at Joliet’s medical marijuana dispensary.
“There have been lines [some days]. It’s been a constant stream of people,” owner Robert Livas said. “But what’s struck me more is how tremendously grateful these people are to find relief at what they’re going through.”
Livas, a retired Will County judge, his daughter, Traci Fernandez, and her husband, Hugo Fernandez, own 3C Compassionate Care Center, 1627 Rock Creek Blvd., which opened nearly two months ago. On Tuesday, 3C is set to open a second location at 1700 Quincy Ave. in Naperville.
The family began researching medical marijuana after a neurological disease left Traci Fernandez paralyzed and in chronic pain. 3C donates 20 percent of its profits to the United Paralysis Foundation and another 5 percent to area community programs.
Marijuana can be prescribed to relieve pain in patients with cancer, glaucoma, ALS, multiple sclerosis, HIV, spinal cord disease and a number of other maladies. The Joliet location has served more than 200 patients since opening.
Livas said smokable marijuana has been coming regularly from cultivation centers, which are required to be within Illinois, but other products are in higher demand.
“There are many people who can’t smoke, so the edible chocolates have been very popular. There are also waxes people use with vaporizers,” Livas said. “We’ve been getting calls about a [marijuana] butter than can be made into an oil and we’ll be getting concentrates next.”