Marijuana company makes 2nd push to open dispensary at old Rainforest Cafe in River North

Marijuana company makes 2nd push to open dispensary at old Rainforest Cafe in River North

CHICAGO (TOC) — The corporate that wishes to open a marijuana dispensary within the former Rainforest Cafe made its case throughout a gathering on Tuesday night time hosted by the River North Residents Affiliation.

Palatine-based Progressive Therapy Options, or PTS Corp., which at present operates 4 Eat dispensaries and a cultivation middle in Illinois, needs to maneuver a dual-use pot store from 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave. to 605 N. Clark St., which beforehand housed the colourful Rainforest Cafe till it closed amid the pandemic in August 2020.

A earlier effort by PTS to maneuver its Eat Dispensary to the location was denied, saying it was unlawful below state regulation.

A dispensary cannot open inside 1,500 ft of an present pot store except it is owned by a so-called social fairness applicant, in line with Chris Slaby, a spokesman for the Illinois Division of Monetary and Skilled and Regulation.

There are a minimum of three dispensaries that seem like inside that distance. PTS, one of many unique corporations to get approval to promote pot in Illinois, doesn’t have social fairness standing, a designation created to diversify the white-dominated weed enterprise.

Dispensaries that promote medical and leisure weed, like Eat in Norwood Park, can also’t legally transfer exterior their designated medical district, Slaby stated. However PTS would wish to do exactly that to maneuver to the shuttered Rainforest Cafe constructing.

The corporate is making an attempt once more after partnering with a social fairness agency.

The Solar-Instances Media Wire contributed to this report.

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