Some Park Ridge neighbors oppose marijuana dispensary opening after aldermen vote to reconsider – CBS News

CHICAGO (CBS)–  Another day, another fight against a pot dispensary in someone’s backyard.

Opponents in this next story thought they won their crusade against cannabis in their neighborhood.

Instead, the issue is up for debate again Tuesday night.  

Morning Insider Lauren Victory explains.

“I’ve traveled and worked all over the world. I could live most anywhere and chose Park Ridge as home decades ago,” said Steven Sarasin, reading from his collected thoughts about an eyesore in his neighborhood: the shuttered Park Ridge Veterans Club.

The VFW Hall has been vacant for 7 years and currently sits at 10 Higgins Road with holes in its roof and debris dangling.

Sarasin says anything would be better -well, almost anything.

“A business of this nature in a residential area is just completely inappropriate,” said Sarasin of a recreational pot dispensary now proposed for the site.

Supporters say it would help revitalize the area and bring in revenue to Park Ridge.

Dr. Reggie Higgins scoffs at the tax argument. “What message are you sending to the children? I mean to the adolescents? To the young adults? That this is ok because we’re going to profit from this and its going to help to pay our pensions?”

The cash-only business is raising

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