Stern lands Eldridge site for possible medical cannabis dispensary

A medical marijuana business in Rock Island County hopes to build a second location this year in the Iowa Quad-Cities.

Matt Stern, owner of Nature’s Treatment of Illinois, a cannabis retail shop at 973 Tech Drive, Milan, said Monday he has applied for one of Iowa’s five dispensary licenses.

If he earns the state’s approval, Stern plans to break ground this spring on vacant land off U.S. 61 in Eldridge, where he has secured about three acres for the development. Under the name Nature’s Treatment of Iowa, the 2,500-square-foot dispensary at 3214 S. 16th Ave. would mirror the existing one in Milan, which serves about 650 patients.

“We’re going to build the same thing here if we’re lucky enough to get the license,” said Stern of his 250-page application.

The Iowa Department of Public Health opened the bidding process in January and closed it last week with the goal of awarding as many as five licenses by April 1. Seven entities submitted 21 applications to operate dispensaries in 11 cities, the agency reported.

The state received four proposals for potential sites in the Davenport area. An additional four applications were filed for Sioux City; three each for Des Moines and Council Bluffs; and one each for Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Iowa City, Urbandale, Waterloo and Windsor Heights. The unidentified companies paid a $5,000 fee for each application.

“I’m trying to figure out who the other three are,” Stern said of his competition in Scott County. “I feel confident because we’re local and we already have the business on the Illinois side of the Quad-Cities.”


Matt Stern, co-owner of Milan-based Stern Beverage Inc. and Nature’s Treatment of Illinois, a medical marijuana dispensary

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