Clouted pot company can’t legally move dispensary to site of old Rainforest Cafe – FOX 32 Chicago

Mock cannabis dispensary opens on North Clark Street

There is a new spot on Clark Street for people interested in the cannabis industry to learn how it works, hands on. The Illinois Cannabis Education Center opened a brand new mock dispensary on Friday.

CHICAGO – A cannabis firm with deep ties to city government can’t legally follow through on its plan to move a Norwood Park dispensary to the site of the former Rainforest Cafe on the Near North Side.

Palatine-based Progressive Treatment Solutions, or PTS Corp., first notified the city’s zoning administrator of its plans last December, setting in motion the process for seeking the required special use permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

PTS, which currently operates four Consume dispensaries and a cultivation center in Illinois, wants to move a dual-use pot shop from 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave. to 605 N. Clark St., which previously housed the colorful Rainforest Cafe until it closed amid the pandemic in August 2020. Block Club Chicago first reported on the company’s effort to relocate.

However, the plan appears to be a non-starter without changes to state law.

A dispensary can’t open within 1,500 feet of an existing pot shop

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