Dozens line up for grand opening of first marijuana dispensary in Metropolis – WPSD Local 6

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Thrive Illinois’ Metropolis location Wednesday morning. 

METROPOLIS, IL — A new marijuana dispensary opened Wednesday in Metropolis, Illinois. Thrive opened its fourth marijuana dispensary in southern Illinois in the former Chevrolet dealership.

More than 100 people waited in line for the grand opening.

Security let in three to five people at a time. Metropolis resident Scott Chapman was the first person in line.

“I’ve been in Metropolis for five months. I moved here for this purpose,” said Chapman.

Metropolis resident Scott Chapman discussing how the dispensary will help him through his radiation treatment. 

The grand opening gave Chapman hope.

“I got cancer. I’m doing treatments, so I would rather do this than pain medication, plus it’s going to help this town unbelievably,” said Chapman.

Teresa Coller and her daughter stood in line. Coller said she has been waiting for this moment for 30 years.

“I actually think it’s very good, because it really does help out a lot of folks that need it,” said Coller.

Businesses like Chewy’s Hanger Management Company are already benefiting. Owner Jeff Hathaway said

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