Flower to the People
Illinois is still in the infancy stages of recreational cannabis, but they’ve already seen a massive influx in marijuana-related revenue in the 2 short months that it’s been in effect. And this high level of profit shows absolutely no signs of slowing down for the foreseeable future, either.
In fact, even before the “powers that be” in Illinois passed this historic piece of cannabis legislation, experts were already anticipating that they would become one of the top earners in the industry in just a matter of a few years. And, barring any sort of unforeseen circumstances, they are likely going to prove that hypothesis true.
The second this law went into effect, dispensaries across the state were bombarded with new customers. They had to employ the empty real estate of nearby restaurants and coffee shops, in order to serve as makeshift waiting areas, solely to keep these potential customers out of the cold, as they patiently waited for their turn to be escorted to the dispensary.
But, during these usually long waits, they would see a handful of folks bypass the line entirely. Not only that, but they would be privy to a whole different, more expansive menu. These people are medical marijuana patients. And the law in the great state of Illinois clearly says that every single dispensary needs to always have enough product on hand to cater to these specific patients.
After all, they are relying on the calming powers of cannabis to help them live pain-free lives, so their needs and wants are more important, which makes sense.
However, that has led to an increase in the amount of medical marijuana applications that have been submitted since the new year. People assumed they’d have to wait in long lines, but to routinely be told that their desired products/strains are “sold out”, only because of the dispensary’s need to worry about their patients first, well, needless to say, that didn’t sit well with the majority of cannabis enthusiasts, who wasted hours of their time only to be told, “Sorry. We’re out.”
In order to avoid that sort of bummer-inducing occurrence, and those pesky long lines, people are deciding it’s time to visit their physician, and get their hands on a medical card of their own. Sure, it costs a little bit to get one, but once certified, so many more doors open up, and it makes the shopping for marijuana a delightful errand, as opposed to a frustrating, time-consuming chore.
That said, even if you don’t have a card, Midway has tried to simplify the process by only catering to adult-use customers on the weekend, Friday through Sunday, to be specific. They hope this will cure some of the wait-related woes that rec customers have to endure, but in the near future, they hope to expand those hours, to allow for even more flexibility for their growing customers to partake in their services.
Flower To The People Dispensary
Pretty basic, but I’m not mad at it.
Sometimes the bare minimum is all you need to get by, and it appears as though Midway Dispensary is adhering to that very sentiment. From the street, they announce their presence with a singular piece of signage, drapsed across the top of their stout, brick building. Without that sign, indicating that bud can be found within, you’d think this place was an abandoned bar or vet.
Upon entering, their hardwood floors catch your eye, but the onslaught of office-like vibes are undeniably distracting. Again, not in a horrible way, but it’s clear that they didn’t spend a whole lot on interior (or exterior) design. Which, to be fair, dispensaries don’t need to do, but it definitely helps make the marijuana purchasing experience a bit more enjoyable and memorable. However, like I just alluded to, it is in no way a requirement.
Typical glass display cases house their various products, as well as a variety of glass pieces that they also have for sale. The people working at this quaint establishment were beyond helpful, and couldn’t have been more patient with whatever questions I had. That, alone, may be reason enough to check this place out.
As I meandered through their selections, I continued to get more and more impressed.
First off, they had nearly 30 strains of bud to choose from. That was a sight for my sore, stoner eyes. Most places, especially ones that cater to both, recreational and medicinal, crowds, often relegate their items in other categories. But Midway wanted to keep it classy with this classic form of cannabis, in a litany of varieties. Which, honestly, I couldn’t have appreciated more.
The feeling of excitement proceeded onward from there, as I realized they had over 70 edibles and 70 vape pens to choose from. Are you joking?! Those types of numbers are damn near absurd.
In short, I think it’s safe to say that even the stingiest, most picky cannabis enthusiast will be able to find something they like on this truly massive menu over at Midway Dispensary.
Seeing as how this place has been around since 2016, it only stands to reason that they’ve been able to do so thanks to the help of “repeat customers.” And, typically, customers only return to a place if they feel like they are getting a deal on products. Which is precisely what seems to be the case with Midway Dispensary.
Every category of cannabis that they offer up is the definition of “standard,” as far as price tags are concerned. They won’t make you overpay for anything here. That, in concert, with their enormous amount of options to choose from, makes this one of the most sought-after dispensaries in all of Chicgo, in my personal opinion.
Well, it only took one visit to this quirky, barely noticeable dispensary for me to consider myself a “lifelong customer.” There’s absolutely no notes to give this phenomenal establishment. I mean, sure, their interior design could use a little sprucing up, but that is so “ticky-tacky,” as far as critiques go.
When it’s all said and done, you want your dispensary to be reliable, and this place is nothing but that, and then some. So, if you haven’t already, head on down to Midway Dispensary the next time you need some bud. You’ll be happy that you did – trust me.
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