Edwardsville’s first recreational cannabis store to open in April

EDWARDSVILLE — Jeff Rehberger, owner and president of Cloud9Cannabis, said the shop’s opening has been delayed until April due to issues with building contractors.

The dispensary will be at 2341 Plum St., the building which also houses First to the Finish Line in Edwardsville,

Rehberger said the company’s flagship store will be 4,800 square feet when complete. He said he took advantage of a downsizing when First to the Finish reduced its footprint next door.

“I grew up in Highland and, after I got my business license for a [dispensary], I knew Edwardsville would be the best spot to place one,” he said.

Rehberger said viewed the local zoning map for dispensaries before deciding on the Plum Street location. He said the dispemnsary will offer a variety of traditional marijuana and edibles and a full array of different types of products. 

The store is one of five that Rehberger has planned. A soft opening of a Champaign store is planned March 24. Edwardsville will also have a soft opening ahead of its grand opening, he said.

He said the firm is planning additional Cloud9 locations in East Peoria, Oswego and Schaumburg. There is already a Cloud9Cannabis location in Chicago.

Edwardsville economic and community development director James Arnold has previously said the city approved a permit for Cloud9Cannabis in November.

Meanwhile, at its March 1 meeting Maryville officials on March 1 approved a zoning ordinance for adult-use, recreational cannabis locations within village limits. The vote was 5-0 with Trustee Rob Schmidt absent, according to Maryville Mayor Craig Short.

The vote was the final phase of the cannabis approval process in the village, following ordinances to permit recreational cannabis and levying a 3 percent tax on all cannabis purchases.

Short said that for any craft growing operations and cultivation centers, Maryville zoning allows them in  either agricultural or business areas. If a cannabis operation is a dispensary, the only applicable zoning is business.

Other Maryville zoning restrictions for dispensaries include:

  • Being located at least 2,000 feet from another cannabis dispensary
  • Being at least 1,000 feet from schools, places of worship, daycare centers, parks, hospitals and health care centers, any arcades that cater to customers 21 and younger, and public libraries.

Cannabis lounges are prohibited, Short added.

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