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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Seeking Space on North Clark

An Initiative To Legalize Marijuana In California To Appear On Nov. BallotThe Cannabis Group LLC is seeking to “establish a medical cannabis dispensing organization” at the former Pie Hole Pizza Joint on 5001-03 N. Clark St.

The group submitted an application for a special use zoning permit from the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 24, 2014, which is set to discuss the request at its upcoming February or March meeting.

Enacting the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in August 2013, Illinois is allowing 60 medical marijuana dispensaries and up to 22 cultivation centers to open across the state in early 2015. For Chicago, the new law permits 13 of the 60 dispensaries and 1 cultivation center to operate within city limits.

Only qualifying patients suffering from at least one of 34 approved medical conditions will be eligible to obtain medical marijuana from a dispensary. All dispensaries, however, must be registered by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, follow a host of statutory operating requirements, and remain subject to specific zoning laws, including maintaining at least 1,000 feet from schools and day care centers.

Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th District) could not be reached for comment, however his chief of staff, Joe Poole, said in a DNAinfo article that “his office is working to gather details of the proposal and could potentially facilitate a meeting between community groups and The Cannabis Group’s owners.”

Notice of the group’s application has stirred much buzz and conversation among community members, block clubs and local online threads, sparking debate regarding the establishment’s potential effects in the Andersonville area.

To participate in the conversation and follow the organization’s application, connect with the Zoning Board of Appeals and contact Ald. Pawar at (773) 809-5744 or info@friendsofameyapawar.com.

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