Weed Dispensary Green Rose, Owned By Phil Stefani, Former Police Commander, Opens In River North – Block Club Chicago

RIVER NORTH — One of the the state’s first social equity cannabis dispensaries opened last week in River North.

Green Rose, located at 612 N. Wells St., officially opened Nov. 12 after passing state inspection early last week. Owners, which include restaurateur Phil Stefani and a former police commander, were some of the first to receive a social equity license to operate a dispensary in Illinois.

The state issued 185 conditional social equity license for new dispensaries to open in July and August.

Ivy Hall, a Black-owned dispensary and social equity license holder, also opened late last week in Bucktown.

Green Rose is owned by GRI Holdings and qualified for the state’s social equity license by having members of the management and ownership team who are Black, Latino, veteran and part of the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition to Stefani, former police Cmdr. Thomas Wheeler, former CTA executive John Trotta and veteran Dana Oswald are owners, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ownership is “diverse and includes Black, Latinx, veteran and females,” a company representative said.

The management team at Green Rose is 75 percent Black and Latino. The entire team at Green Rose is 75 percent women and/or people from BIPOC communities,

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