West Town Dispensary Okay Cannabis Eyes March Opening After Years Of Planning, State Delays – Block Club Chicago

WEST TOWN — A long-anticipated recreational pot dispensary co-owned by a former alderperson plans to open by March in West Town.

Okay Cannabis, 1914 W. Chicago Ave., is under construction next door to West Town Bakery.

Owners of the business include former 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar and Scott Weiner, co-owner of the Fifty/50 group, which operates West Town Bakery, Roots Pizza and other local restaurants. Pawar served two terms in City Council 2011-2019 and unsuccessfully ran for city treasurer in 2019.

Other partners include George Chiampas, medical director for the Chicago Marathon; Nikki Hayes, former president of the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1001; Northwestern professor Charlesnika Evans and political consultant Hanah Jubeh.

The group presented plans for the project to neighbors in 2019. The dispensary’s opening was held up by a series of lawsuits that delayed the issuing of almost 200 social equity licenses across Illinois.

Credit: ProvidedOwners of Okay Cannabis dispensary, 1914 W. Chicago Ave., hope to open West Town’s first dispensary by March

The state finally began awarding conditional licenses in July and August, with the first two social equity dispensaries opening in November in Bucktown and River North.

Pawar said Okay Cannabis’ West Town

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