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A non profit organization is making plans to raise money by growing medical marijuana.

Kreider Services is a Dixon based non-for profit that serves people a with developmental disabilities. They're partnering with a new, Illinois-based company called AgriMed. Together, they want to grow medical marijuana in a new facility just northwest of Amboy, Illinois in the Green River Industrial Park.

The non-profit said it hopes pot is a way to become more self sufficient.

"We're looking for ways to get non-traditional revenue sources to continue to support our mission of providing supports to people with developmental disabilities," said executive director Jeff Stauter.

Kreider Services helps 500 people with disabilities every day. One way is to get those they help jobs. Stauter said this will create 50 jobs for the community.

"We just lost some jobs with Caterpillar recently and so adding to the economic stability of our community, giving people with disabilities to work in an integrated work force and become more apart of the community and earn good wages are important to us," said Stauter.

And it's not just jobs, it's tax income coming into the county, too. Lee County is supporting this plan and says $1 million will come in per year, but before that can happen they've got some paperwork.

The application to the Department of Agriculture that could be over 1,000 pages.

"How you're going to grow it, how you're going to be successful," said Stauter. "What your plan is for security and what you plans are for keeping the plant safe. It's very complex."

They want to grow no-to-low THC Cannabis that will treat epilepsy and seizure conditions. So, they'll need to do regular inspections and background checks for employees.

Something the community welcomes.

"As long as there's not a lot of dopers out there," said Kristy Richard who lives near where the cultivation center could go. "They'll be professional about it, so I'll be alright with it."

Another said it'll be good for the people who need it.

"I don't have a problem with it being nearby," said another community member Erica Hornung. "If they need somewhere to grow it, it might as well be here."

Kreider Services and AgriMed hope the support will help them get the license. Only one will be granted in State Police District 1, which is Lee, Whiteside, Ogle and Carroll counties.

Jeff Stauter said if they get it, they hope to have their facility open by January 1st.

 

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