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Information About HVN and the Craft Facility on the Council Agenda Tonight

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Who is HVN Capital? What are their plans for the cannabis dispensary and craft facility? I sat down with Chad Anderson and asked him those questions, plus questions Kewanee residents have asked. Chad Anderson is the vice president of HVN Capital LLC and will take the lead on the development of the dispensary and craft facility if approved by the Kewanee City Council tonight. The Cannabis Sativa plant contains cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which are two compounds that have medical benefits for people with chronic pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, side effects of chemotherapy, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis, to name a few.

The proposed Craft Facility will be located at the corner of Cole Street and Railroad Avenue.  There are around 38 acres of land in the industrial plot off Kentville Road. HVN Capital will purchase five acres of the plot for the craft facility, and the building will encompass approximately one acre.  According to City Manager Gary Bradley, there are three additional businesses interested in developing part of this land as well. According to Gary Bradley, the land will need to be broken into plots prior to any development.  The land is currently being leased for farmland.  The building will be built to the capacity allowed by the State of Illinois for growing cannabis. However, the plants will be grown in phases, building up to the capacity allowed by the license. The building will be 41,000 to 45,000 square feet and will likely take one to one-and-a-half years to complete.  If approved tonight, work on the land can begin at the end of the summer.  According to Chad, the goal is to have the building shell done by winter, which will allow work to be completed on the inside of the building through the winter. In order to limit the runoff of nutrients added to the plants into the city sewer, the facility will eventually have a water runoff cleaning system. The current entrance to the property off Cole Street will be widened and extended to allow traffic to access the facility. The facility will be completely surrounded by a fence and have 24/7 security at the gate and inside the facility. The Craft facility will have some high windows for employee comfort, but the growing rooms will be windowless with special lighting for the plants.  Once at growing capacity, the craft facility will bring a possible 70 to 100 jobs to the area. At this time, HVN Capital will have to contract with a licensed transport company to transport the product from the craft facility to the dispensary. The transport of cannabis requires a special license and cannot cross state lines unless the seed is frozen.

HVN Capital LLC holds the license for a dispensary and craft facility from the State of Illinois, but HVN Capital falls under the umbrella of HVN Enterprises LLC.  HVN Enterprises is currently in phase two of fundraising for the dispensary and craft facility.  If you would like to invest in HVN Enterprises, contact Chad Anderson.  What is HVN short for? HVN is short for “Heaven“.

The concept drawings and floor plan for the dispensary are done, and engineers think they will be ready to send out bids for construction in a couple of weeks. Chad left our meeting to meet the owner of the old Broken Chimney building to inspect the current HVAC system and ductwork. The engineers need the locations of the air ducts to determine if additional HVAC systems are necessary after the wall is built to separate the facility from the unused side of the building. For security reasons, the floor plans for the dispensary won’t be shared. The current front doors of the old Broken Chimney will be used as the front doors to the dispensary. Additional sealed doors will be added inside the main entrance. The position of Head of Security is the only one that has been filled at this time.  This person will be the head of security for the dispensary and craft facility. All employees must attend a mandatory eight-hour class, and the employees have 90 days to complete the class. The dispensary will sell the products grown in the craft facility, but they will need to purchase specialty products from outside craft facilities.

Prior to the dispensary or craft facility opening, the State of Illinois must conduct a full inspection and the facility must pass the inspection. The computer systems used in dispensaries are controlled and maintained by the state, so they can track the sale of products for tax purposes. Since the sale of cannabis is all cash, the computer system tracks what sales tax the facilities owe the state. At this time, only cash can be used to purchase cannabis products from dispensaries.  Credit cards and debit cards are not allowed. However, there is a bill that has passed the House and is in the Senate to allow states, such as Illinois, where recreational cannabis is legal, to use federally insured banks.  This would open up transaction options for the purchase of cannabis.

HVN looked at other buildings in Kewanee before settling on the old Broken Chimney.  The first building they looked at was the old Family Video, but it was too close to a daycare. The group wanted a building that was empty, big enough, and suitable for their needs. The location, size, and parking lot were the biggest draws for the old Broken Chimney.  They are also hoping to bring business to Kewanee from people who come here to purchase cannabis. The decision by the City of Kewanee regarding the distance of a dispensary from a school, daycare, or park, raised many eyebrows, but that decision was made by the city council at the August 14th meeting and not by HVN Capital LLC.

According to the National Institute of Health, “We found conclusive or substantial evidence (ranging in modest to moderate effect) for benefit from cannabis or cannabinoids for chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and patient-reported symptoms of spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis. For chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting and spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, the primary route of administration examined was the oral route. For chronic pain, most studies examined oral cannabis extract, although some examined smoked or vaporized cannabis. It is unknown whether and to what degree the results of these studies can be generalized to other products and routes of administration. For many of the other conditions discussed above, there is insufficient or no evidence upon which to base conclusions about therapeutic effects. The potential efficacy of cannabinoids for several of these conditions, such as epilepsy and posttraumatic stress disorder, should be prioritized, given the substantial number of persons using cannabis for those conditions.” “The most common are limitations in the study design (e.g., a lack of appropriate control groups, a lack of long-term follow-ups), small sample sizes, and research gaps in examining the potential therapeutic benefits of different forms of cannabis (e.g., cannabis plant). These limitations highlight the need for substantial research to provide comprehensive and conclusive evidence on the therapeutic effects of cannabis and cannabinoids.”  Find the full article here.

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