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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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