Dispensary looks to relocate six blocks from Lake Shore Campus – Loyola Phoenix

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Updated March 29, 2022 9:56 p.m. CT
Published March 30, 2022 7:00 a.m. CT

Green Gate, a recreational and medical dispensary operated by Verano, is looking to move from North Rogers Avenue to 6935 N. Sheridan Road — roughly six blocks from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. While some students and residents are supportive, others raised concerns about the dispensary’s corporation ownership and resources it would give to Rogers Park.

Verano announced the desire to move so that the dispensary would be located in a commercial space instead of residential, as well as have more parking and space to expand.

The dispensary would move into the building that formerly housed Leona’s, an Italian restaurant that suddenly closed in 2019. The location is right off the Morse Red Line stop, about a 10 to fifteen minute walk from campus. 

Joan Holden, director of Loyola’s Wellness Center, said that students’ marijuana use is always possible but emphasized that Loyola is a non-smoking campus in the interest of student wellness. 

Loyola’s smoke-free campus includes marijuana, tobacco and vapes. 

“We’re seeing dispensaries pop up all over the place, the fact that we’ll have one close to campus, we can’t control that,” Holden said. “But we are a smoke-free campus and

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