Cannabis dispensary proposed for ground-floor storefront in Portage Park storage facility – Nadig Newspapers

by BRIAN NADIG

A cannabis dispensary is being proposed for a ground-floor storefront in a Portage Park building whose main occupant is a self-storage facility.

The property is located at 3631-57 N. Central Ave. and 5547-54 W. Waveland Ave. The address of the dispensary would be 3645 N. Central Ave.

The property was rezoned in 2019 to accommodate a storage facility that includes storefronts for additional businesses. The planned development ordinance which governs the site’s zoning needs to be amended by the City Council to allow for a cannabis use, and then a required special use would be sought from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The zoning applicant is The 1937 Group Ltd., whose name refers to the year a law was created to regulate the drug.

“The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 laid the foundation for federal criminalization of marijuana, a common plant that had been long used for its medicinal properties.

“It was fueled by widespread racial discrimination against Mexican-Americans and Blacks and was instigated by a desperate need for funding by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics,” the group’s Web site states.

The company is headquartered in the South Shore neighborhood.

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