Editor’s note: this article is the first in a short series of articles about several new grow shops opening across Illinois. The article features Aroma Grow Store and its two locations.
On January 6, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) had approved applications for approximately 4,000 qualifying patients since the Medical Cannabis Registry Program began on September 2, 2014.
January 6, 2020, the first month of recreational legalization, the IDPH had approved applications for 98,171 qualifying patients.
By March 7, 2022 (after adding more qualifying medical conditions), the IDPH had approved applications for 200,709 qualifying patients.
Illinois approved applications for nearly 100,000 qualifying patients in the first four years of the program and more than 100,000 qualifying patients in the last two year.
Many of those patients grow their own medicine, and that does not account for the recreational and black market growers.
So it’s no wonder why several new grow shops are opening across Illinois.
One of those recently opened stores is one of our partners at Aroma Grow Store in Niles, located at 8600 Golf Road Suite 300.
Niles store hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The new store is 17 min southeast of the original Aroma Grow Store in Wheeling, located at 668 Wheeling Road.
Aroma Grow Wheeling is open 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on all days but Wednesday. The Wheeling location will be closed on Wednesdays until further notice.
Aroma Grow Store also offers free beginner “grow” classes schedule for 7-9 p.m. on Sundays (April 24, May 1, and May 18) and for 9-11 a.m. on Wednesdays (April 29, May 4, and May 11).
To sign up, call, stop in, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email, phone number and which set of classes you want to attend.
The beginner classes go over information needed to start growing, including how to propagate a seed, re-pot, and clone a plant, as well as product knowledge, nutrient deficiencies, pest control, and much more.
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