On Friday, Chicago Zoning Board members sat down to decide on the fate of 13 medical marijuana dispensary applicants. Of the 13 applicants, 6 were were approved, 6 were delayed, and 1 was rejected.
Applicants gave their financial plans and addressed security concerns to establish credibility for their dispensaries. Staffing, security, financing, and labeling were all considered when awarding licenses to prospective dispensaries, along with $500,000 in capital to get the ball rolling.
Tami Marron’s dispensary application was rejected because her marijuana business planned to allow patients to apply for their medical licenses at her shop. Board members expressed concerns about the Wicker Park location, apparently leery of self-interested dispensaries handing out medical marijuana cards. City spokesman Pete Strazzabosco said that Marron’s dispensary offered an, “Interior configuration issue that would have an adverse impact on the public way and patient environment.”
In addition dispensary licenses, one grow operation was approved to start growing in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the Far Southeast Side of Chicago. Although zoning boards are closely scrutinizing prospective business owners, it seems that medical marijuana will soon be available to Chicago patients.
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The Las Vegas City Council spent much of Tuesday and Wednesday deliberating and reviewing applications for medical marijuana in the city. The council approved 26 dispensaries; more than twice the amount allotted by the state of Nevada. The approved dispensaries will need to go under review by the state, then will be subject to further review by local governments.
With likely discrepancies between city, state, and local governments, the 26 dispensaries will be sorted out until only the most trustworthy operators are left. Nevada received a total of 519 applications for the medical marijuana program back in August with around a fifty-fifty split between grow operations and dispensaries.
The majority of the applications (70%) were submitted for the populous Clark County, home of Las Vegas. Chad Westom, with the State Division of Health said, “The applicants would need to work with the local jurisdictions to get additional local approval with licensing and zoning and that is how the process is set up.”
State Senator Tick Segerblom says that dispensaries could be up-and-running as soon as March. “Any time you create a new industry, things take twice as long as you would anticipate,” said Segerblom. The state of Nevada is scheduled to release it’s approved list of dispensaries on Monday.
The wheels of legislation are turning in Nevada and soon medical patients will have safe, regulated places to purchase access their medicine.
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