Panel Approves 6 More Marijuana Dispensaries, Denies 1 For Wicker Park

ILLINOIS:  City zoning panel Friday gave a thumbs-up to six more medical marijuana dispensaries in Chicago while denying one proposal and putting off decisions on six others.

Prospective medical marijuana dealers made their pitches to the Zoning Board of Appeals to set up in various neighborhoods, touting their security and financial plans.

The board approved all but one of the applicants who came forward Friday. The applicants each will still need to vie for one of a handful of state licenses to open the businesses in Chicago.

In addition, the Zoning Board heard its first plan for a marijuana-growing facility, approving an application at 12233 S. Avenue O near the Hegewisch neighborhood on the Far Southeast Side.