City’s strict limits on medical marijuana sites go up in smoke
BY BECKY SCHLIKERMAN Staff Reporter July 29, 2014 10:20PM
Updated: August 31, 2014 6:30AM
Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries are likely coming to busy shopping areas, despite the city’s initial attempt to hide them away at the edges of the city.
That means a medical marijuana dispensary could potentially open next door to a tony restaurant on Randolph Street or in River North near touristy fast food joints, according to new zoning regulations approved Tuesday by a the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.
Essentially most business and commercial strips are fair game.
“You could have [a dispensary] right next door as long as the zoning is applicable,” Zoning Administrator Patti Scudiero said.