A cannabis dispensary is coming to West Town courtesy of former 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar. The former City Councilman hopes to partner with Scott Weiner, co-owner of the Fifty/50 Group.
The dispensary is operating under Canna Ventures LLC, and has recently applied for a special use permit to operate the dispensary at the prime 1914 W. Chicago Ave. location. Located next door to West Town Bakery, it’s the perfect spot for a new dispensary in the city. This news comes as the city has faced several lawsuits for ‘unconstitutionally discriminating’ against shop operators from out of state residents. This and other lawsuits have delayed the state from granting 200+ cannabis licenses, though Pawar is part of a few teams that holds three of licenses.
Initial plans, which were proposed in 2019, included a restaurant and wellness spa, though that’s not in the cards for right now. The company is focused on opening up the dispensary first before any potential expansion.
Pawar has said the company will focus on hiring employees of marginalized communities and hopes to create an inclusive space for all. Any details regarding a name or branding have been decided but are yet to be announced. Check back for more updates as they come in.
Address: 1914 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622