First Buffalo Grove, Illinois Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Open in November 2015
First Buffalo Grove, Illinois Medical Marijuana Dispensary to Open in November, 2015
Owners Focus on Pharmacy Model, Credentialing, Patient Health and Community Safety
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – The first medical marijuana dispensary in Buffalo Grove is set to open in November 2015. Professional Dispensaries of Illinois (PDI Medical) is currently in the buildout stage of its storefront at 1623 Barclay Blvd. in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Two of PDI’s owners are Dr. Mark Mandel and Joseph Friedman, experienced pharmacists who have lived and worked in Illinois for decades.
PDI Medical is conveniently located near I-94 and I-294, as well as Milwaukee Avenue and Half Day Road. The location will serve patients in Buffalo Grove and the surrounding communities in Northern Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. Qualified patients from any part of Illinois may choose PDI Medical as their designated medical cannabis dispensary.
The dispensary will offer pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products including edibles, tinctures, concentrates, and buds. In addition, staff members will walk patients through the Illinois Medical Cannabis Card application process, from filling out forms to providing state-authorized fingerprinting and passport photo services. PDI Medical will host a credentialing event on Sat., Oct. 24 at Mark Drugs in Deerfield, at 1020 Milwaukee Ave #140, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help qualified patients receive state approval to purchase medical marijuana.
Dr. Mark H. Mandel, PharmD, is CEO of PDI Medical and also the owner of Mark Drugs, a 30-year-old compounding pharmacy with locations in Deerfield and Roselle. Joseph Friedman, R.Ph, MBA, is COO of PDI Medical. As licensed pharmacists, both Mandel and Friedman have extensive experience educating health care professionals and patients about the safe and appropriate use of medical marijuana.
“Illinois doesn’t require pharmacists to dispense medical marijuana, but pharmacists are drug experts, and cannabis is a drug,” said Friedman. “We want patients to understand as much about the product as possible. We are experienced health care professionals who will work closely with patients to find solutions based on their symptoms, medical history, potential drug interactions and personal profile.”
Partnering with the Buffalo Grove Police Department
In addition to providing professional products and services for state-approved patients, PDI Medical has been working closely with state and local officials to create a facility that exceeds Illinois standards for dispensaries.
“PDI’s security and confidentiality protocols exceed regulations set forth by the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program,” said Mandel. “We live, work and have children that go to school here. We’re committed to keeping this community safe.”
The Buffalo Grove Police Department and Chief of Police Steven R. Casstevens have been collaborating with PDI Medical to develop a security plan that will keep patients, residents and PDI staff safe.
“We don’t expect any issues, but we’ve required that strong security protocols be in place so that the community and surrounding area will be safe,” said Casstevens. “We have been working with PDI Medical from the start and are very supportive of their plan. They have met all of our security requests.”
October 24 Cannabis Card Credentialing Event
In addition to securing doctor approval, the credentialing process for an Illinois Medical Cannabis Card requires patients to fill out forms, take passport photos, and obtain a set of fingerprints. To help patients complete this process, PDI Medical will hold a credentialing event on Oct. 24 at Mark Drugs in Deerfield, at 1020 Milwaukee Ave #140, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Medical professionals and qualified staff will be on hand to walk patients through the credentialing steps, including providing state-authorized fingerprinting and passport photography services on-site. A nominal processing fee will be charged.
For more information learn more about the credentialing event here or call 224-377-9PDI (9734).
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About Professional Dispensaries of Illinois
Professional Dispensaries of Illinois (PDI Medical, pdimedical.com) is a medical cannabis dispensary located at 1623 Barclay Blvd. in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Serving Lake, McHenry and Cook counties, PDI Medical is owned by longstanding community members and professional pharmacists ensuring the best patient experience in a comfortable and safe environment. PDI Medical offers a wide variety of pharmacy-grade medical marijuana products and accessories as well as state-authorized passport photo and fingerprinting services to help qualified patients begin the application process for an Illinois Medical Cannabis Card.
Beth Strautz for Professional Dispensaries of Illinois
(773) 895-5387, email@example.com