A second recreational marijuana dispensary has been given approval to open in St. Charles.
At Monday’s St. Charles City Council meeting, the majority of alderpersons recommended approval of a special use application for Consume Cannabis of St. Charles to locate in a 4,146-square-foot space at 584 S. Randall Road that formerly housed a sports bar.
Voting “no” were 1st Ward Alderperson Ron Silkaitis and 2nd Ward Alderperson Rita Payleitner. In 2019, they had voted against allowing recreational marijuana dispensaries.
“I still don’t believe we need this in St. Charles,” Silkaitis had previously said. “It is not what our image is about, in my opinion.”
The dispensary plans to locate in the Randall Plaza shopping center on the city’s west side. In October, the majority of plan commissioners recommended approval of the special use application with the condition that crosswalks, stop signs or speed bumps be installed to help control traffic flow and to increase safety for pedestrians walking back and forth to their vehicles.
As part of the city’s rules, two recreational marijuana dispensaries can locate in the city – one on the east side and one on the west side of the Fox River. The city’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, Zen Leaf, opened last