Rainforest Cafe Dispensary Plan Scrapped – Block Club Chicago

RIVER NORTH — The Rainforest Cafe will no longer be switching its mushrooms for weed as the plan to turn the building into a cannabis dispensary was axed after numerous complications and controversies.

An attorney representing the dispensary owners said in a statement Wednesday they have abandoned the plan at the closed restaurant building, 605 N. Clark St., because the development was “delayed by litigation, uncertainty and additional costs.” The Tribune was the first to report the story.

The plan to convert the former cafe has drawn repeated backlash since Palatine-based Progressive Treatment Solutions proposed the dispensary in early 2022, hoping to move from Norwood Park to the River North building. Rainforest Cafe closed in August 2020.

The owners had to go back to the drawing board after the Sun-Times revealed their initial plan was illegal.

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State law bars dispensaries from moving within 1,500 feet of another dispensary unless an owner has a social equity license, which Progressive Treatment Solutions did not, according to the Sun-Times. Medical dispensaries also cannot relocate outside their assigned districts, according to state

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