WEST RIDGE — A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed for a strip mall’s storefront on Peterson Avenue.
A notice has been distributed to neighbors living near Peterson Plaza, at 1954-68 W. Peterson Ave.
Good Earth Solutions, LLC, applied for a special use permit to open the dispensary, according to records.
The company’s representative, attorney Patrick Lamb, didn’t respond to a request for comment. The company’s owner, Prabhjot Bhambra, could not be reached for comment.
Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th) said in an email to constituents that a community meeting about the plans would be held soon.
The special-use permit must be approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Subhash Patel, who has owned a Subway in the mall for 18 years, said he would support the dispensary as long as there was 24-hour security there.
“I’m worried it would bring crime to the area,” he said. “But I’m happy for more businesses. I wish them success over there.”
Edie Perez, 57, who was working inside an insurance company’s office at the mall, said he was also worried about security.
“There’s a lot of drug addicts” around here, he said. “It’s going to [attract] a lot of people going there just to get high.”
Perez, though, said he understood many people who are suffering from various conditions should be able to legally access the medicinal qualities of marijuana.
Illinois will grant 60 dispensary licenses, 13 of which can be located in the city. According to Chicago’s rules, dispensaries must be 1,000 feet from schools and day-care centers and can’t be in residencies.
Chicago’s first proposed dispensaries went before the board of appeals Friday. Three of the four dispensaries were approved.
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