Adult-use recreational marijuana becomes legal statewide Wednesday (Jan. 1) and five medical marijuana dispensaries near the Northwest suburbs will be among the first to offer products to customers:
- Rise, also known as The Clinic, at 1325 Armour Blvd., Mundelein, open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Jan. 1 through Jan. 4.
- MedMen, 1804 Maple Ave., Evanston, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 1 and from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. for the following two weeks.
- Sunnyside Dispensary, 7955 W. Grand Ave., Elmwood Park, open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday.
- Columbia Care Chicago Dispensary, 4758 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Chicago, open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Zen Leaf Chicago, 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Norwood Park neighborhood of Chicago, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the Journal & Topics coverage area, PDI Medical Cannabis Dispensary at 1623 Barclay Blvd., Buffalo Grove, is expected to begin recreational marijuana sales in April. A representative from the company told the Journal & Topics Monday (Dec. 30) PDI is still working on zoning issues with the village. PDI has been approved for a state recreational license.
Although Nature’s Care Co., a Rolling Meadows medical cannabis dispensary, was granted approval by the city to begin recreational marijuana sales, the business is not listed as one of the state-licensed recreational cannabis sellers. Staff fromNature’s Care — owned by New York-based Acreage Holdings — said they plan to begin recreational sales this year.
When state lawmakers legalized recreational use of cannabis legal this summer, they agreed existing medical marijuana dispensaries should receive the first licenses in the state. Municipalities where the dispensaries are located were able to institute an up to 3% tax on recreational sales.
While the Verilife dispensary in Arlington Heights and the New Age Care dispensary in Mount Prospect were both approved for state licenses, both municipalities voted to opt out of recreational sales.