Zen Leaf medical and recreational marijuana dispensary is requesting a six-month extension on its current location at 3714 Illinois Ave. while it waits for the state to approve its relocation to the former Jared Jewelry store in the Main Street Commons shopping center in St. Charles.
At the St. Charles City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting on Monday, aldermen unanimously recommended approval of the extension. The full city council will now consider the request.
“Zen Leaf does plan to relocate as soon as they are approved by the state,” city planner Ellen Johnson told aldermen.
Zen Leaf hopes to be in its new location by January. Plan commissioners in September unanimously recommended that the extension be granted.
Zen Leaf is operating at its current location as a special use. The special use expires 18 months from the date of approval, which is Nov. 18, Johnson said. Zen Leaf has requested a six-month extension of the special use to May 18, 2022.
“In July, the state passed legislation allowing early approval adult use dispensing organization license holders, such as Zen Leaf, to relocate,” Johnson said. “The state will