When the Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Pilot Act was passed last year, the Illinois Departments of Professional Regulation, Agriculture & Public Health began to prepare licensing for dispensary sites throughout Illinois.
Before they open in 2015, the dispensaries must meet all of the state’s standards. These standards are the strictest in the country. The patients who qualify for the medical cards are eligible only through their physician’s recommendation.
The medication will be reserved for very specific medical conditions, such as ALS or certain cancers. Additionally, the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals must approve any applicant who wishes to open a dispensary in the city. 13 potentially dispensary sites are reserved for Chicago, two in Jefferson Township.
However, the final decision on where medical marijuana dispensaries are opened is rendered by the State of Illinois.
Right now, we have two bending ZBA application in Jefferson Park, one at 4758 N. Milwaukee, and one at 4760 1/2 Milwaukee.
I will host a community meeting on the application at 4758 N. Milwaukee at 7 pm Monday, Nov. 3, at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 W. Giddings. Please come out, learn how the applicant plans to operate, and get your questions answered.