The dispensary, which opened on March 6, 2021, is the only Verilife location in the western half of Illinois.

GALENA, Ill. — Galena’s streets were packed on Saturday, March 6, 2021, as tourists visited the local shops and restaurants.

Those crowds are not new for visitors in Galena, though.

“We go to Galena regularly anyway because of the shopping and the food and stuff,” said Ronald Anson.

What is new in town is exciting for Anson.

“It’s a great addition to one of our favorite places to go,” Anson said.

Anson lives in Davenport, and has been visiting Galena for about 30 years, he said. On Saturday, Anson visited specifically to visit the new cannabis dispensary, which opened in downtown that day.

“I think over time it’s going to be just as important as Vinny Vanucchi’s and everything else,” Anson said.

Bill McMenamy is the president of Verilife, the company that owns the dispensary. The company has six other locations in Illinois, according to their website. The closest to Galena is near Chicago. The Galena location is the only Verilife location on the western half

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