I was born in Illinois, but my parents moved away before I could ever make any memories there. When they tell me the stories about the first two years of my life, I feel they made the right choice. I do not think I would have enjoyed a childhood on a chicken farm. That’s what my folks did, they ran a chicken farm for my grandpa. This is the west side of Illinois, nowhere near any place you’ve ever heard of before. My mom tells me that she would wear me in a backpack while she cut the beaks off of dozens of chicken. Sounds traumatizing, so I’m glad I don’t remember it, and I’m glad my family escaped from the Illinois chicken farm! That was 40 years ago, and when I recently moved back to Illinois after all that time, I found it to be a wonderful place to live. Of course, that is because I wasn’t on a chicken farm, I was in a small enclave just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Two different parts of Illinois might as well be on two different planets! I moved here to open my latest cannabis dispensary, and my first one in the state of Illinois. Medical cannabis is legal in so many different places now, and my research data said that this area of Illinois is one of the fastest growing. I never would have been happy on an Illinois chicken farm, but I find myself exceedingly happy to be working on a cannabis farm. Illinois surely is a state of contrasts.