Capacity crowd speaks out against Evergreen Park dispensary – Southwest Regional Publishing

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By Joe Boyle

Additional chairs had to be brought out to seat an overflow crowd of Evergreen Park residents who attended a meeting April 15 regarding a proposed cannabis dispensary for the village.

And many who were in attendance voiced their opposition to having a dispensary in Evergreen Park. Most of the people cited safety, traffic congestion and crime as major reasons for their opposition during the public hearing at the Evergreen Park Village Hall.

The 1937 Group — named after the year in which the U.S. government outlawed marijuana via the Marijuana Tax Act — representatives gave a slide presentation on what they believe would be the merits of having a cannabis dispensary in Evergreen Park.

This is the first minority-owned vertically integrated cannabis company in Illinois. The company was awarded an Illinois retail, craft grow cultivation, and cannabis transportation license in March of 2022.

The guest speakers were Ambrose Jackson, chairman and CEO of The 1937 Group; former Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Sonia Antolec; and Jim Reilly, chief development officer.

Antolec, a legal officer for The 1937 Group, said her father had cancer and her Iraq war veteran brother became addicted to opioids. She said that cannabis provided relief for both

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