Chicago City Council granted special use permits to two more dispensary applicants: Organic Leaf and Euflora. Four other special use requests were continued to a later date. There are now 11 dispensary applicants and one cultivation center applicant that have been approved for special use permits in Chicago.
- Organic Leaf Medical Dispensaries (Scott Bergin, Edipure): 744 N. Damen Ave.
- Euflora Health Center (Jamie Perino): 4760½ N. Milwaukee Ave
- MedMar: 2843 N. Halsted.
- Good Earth Solutions (Jody Bhambra): 1954-68 W. Peterson Ave.
- Identity not reported: 3118 N. Harlem Ave.
- Identity not reported: 3433 N. Pulaski Rd.
- Identity not reported: 211 E Grand
For more specifics see:
- DNAinfo Chicago: City OK’s Uk. Village Marijuana Dispensary to Specialize in No-High Pot
- DNAinfo Chicago: Proposal from ‘Pot Baron’ to Open Jeff Park Dispensary Approved
- DNAinfo Chicago: Neighbors on Edge Over Heavy Security for Proposed Marijuana Dispensary
- Chicago Sun-Times: Lakeview pot dispensary on hold; Tunney opposed Halsted location
- Chicago Phoenix: Howard Brown pushes for medical marijuana dispensary
- Chicago Tribune: Two more Chicago pot dispensaries get zoning approval
Euflora Health Center- Approved
Perino told the board that the feedback she’d received from nearby businesses had been “neutral or actually very positive” and that community response had been “surprisingly supportive.”
If approved, Matt Boumaroun, the owner of the 25 Degrees restaurant on the Near North Side, will operate the dispensary, Perino said.
Kenneth Boudreau, who has spent almost 30 years in Chicago law enforcement, will be in charge of security. The dispensary will use off-duty Chicago Police officers as guards, Perino said.
Organic Leaf- Approved
Scott Bergin, who would relocate to Chicago to run the dispensary, is also an owner of EdiPure, a business specializing in edible marijuana products and with both dispensaries and cultivation centers in Colorado, Washington state, California and Nevada. He said his products tend toward cannabidol, or CBD, rather than tetrahydrocannabiol, or THC, and don’t make patients high, although they still provide the relief patients seek.
Because of that, Bergin said, he expected the dispensary to draw clients from afar and not just locally. He estimated the business would deal with 25 to 50 patients a day and perhaps grow to as many as 200 a day.
THC is OK!
As an aside, Illinois law and regulations do not impose restrictions on licensees’ production or sale of medicines containing THC. In fact, many patients may suffer from nervous system conditions and therefore benefit more from higher ratios of THC to CBD.
See Dr. Sanjay Gupta explain the “entourage effect” in this video.
MedMar faces local resistance. According to Chicago Sun-Times:
The deferral for a necessary special use permit granted by a city zoning board came the same day Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said he wouldn’t support the proposed dispensary at 2843 N. Halsted.
“I have always maintained that it is important to take community concerns into consideration when making development decisions,” Tunney said. “In this case, the immediate neighbors have spoken loudly that they believe this highly residential area of Lakeview is not the right location for a medical marijuana dispensary.”
Dozens of neighbors have rallied and about 800 people have signed an online petition opposing the dispensary, which would be opened by a company called MedMar.
Good Earth Solutions- Continued
Good Earth Solutions faces local resistance. According to DNAinfo Chicago:
But some residents who live in the neighborhood felt uneasy that any business would need so much protection.
“At the end of the day, I don’t understand why this neighborhood would be open to the notion that … this is going to help build the community in the way we want to build the community,” said Laolu Fayanju, a resident and medical doctor.
Total Approved = 11 dispensaries, 1 cultivation center
Chicago’s City Council has now granted special use permits to 11 dispensary applicants and 1 cultivation center applicant.
For more background information, see these earlier articles I wrote:
- Chicago Gives Six More Special Use Permits for Dispensary (Nov. 13, 2014)
- Chicago City Council Approves Zoning Code Amendment for Cannabis (Aug. 2, 2014)