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Five Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries Got Chicago’s OK To Move Forward

They all received the approval on Friday

Five proposed marijuana dispensaries in Chicago received approval Friday from the Zoning Board of Appeals, including two in the bustling River North neighborhood.

All the sites still need approval from the state, although with city approval in hand, marijuana companies may start working on the spaces.

Friday’s meeting was the first time the Zoning Board of Appeals considered proposed recreational marijuana dispensaries, and none were rejected.

The two approved River North locations include Cresco Labs’ proposed spot at 436 N. Clark St. and MOCA Modern Cannabis’ planned shop at 216 W. Ohio St. Three other marijuana companies initially wanted to open shops nearby, but withdrew their applications.

The neighborhood is highly sought after among cannabis companies because of the high amount of foot traffic and its proximity to the Loop and Michigan Avenue, which are off limits to dispensaries.

Other approved locations include Windy City Cannabis’ spot at 923 W. Weed St. in the Goose Island neighborhood and MedMen’s planned shop about a block away at 1001 W. North Ave.

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