River North Dispensary Sues To Block Rainforest Cafe Weed Shop – Block Club Chicago

RIVER NORTH — A controversial plan to turn the old Rainforest Cafe into a cannabis dispensary is facing another road bump as rival business owners are suing to stop it from opening.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by the owners of Green Rose Dispensary, 612 N. Wells St., about two blocks from the former rainforest-themed restaurant. They think a plan to open a dispensary in the former Rainforest Cafe is illegal because it would violate state law to prevent clusters of weed shops from opening near each other, according to the lawsuit.

The plan to convert the former Rainforest Cafe has been controversial since Palatine-based Progressive Treatment Solutions proposed the dispensary in early 2022, hoping to move from Norwood Park to the closed restaurant building, 605 N. Clark St.

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

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

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