Logan Square may be getting its second weed dispensary in a historic former bank.
On Friday, January 15 the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a special-use permit for Chicago-based PharmaCann allowing a weed dispensary to open in the Logan Square Trust & Savings Bank building situated on 2551 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The landmark building was signed off to PharmaCann with the agreement that the cannabis company would revamp the unique facade and restore historic features inside the building.
PharmaCann will now begin its first steps towards opening its first Chicago dispensary under its brand Verilife. Along with the community benefits agreement that PharmaCann signed with Logan Square Preservation, the cannabis company has agreed to limit its hours of operation and prohibit on-site weed consumption in the event that it is legalized in the future.
Though based in Chicago, PharmaCann has yet to open a dispensary in the Windy City. Five dispensaries can be found across Illinois, but this will be the first to arrive in Chicago itself.
As part of the new layout, customers will be able to enter the establishment on Milwaukee Avenue but will exit onto Logan Boulevard, said PharmaCann’s chief revenue officer Bill McMenamy. To begin with, the Verilife dispensary will use an online reservation system so customers can order up to two days before pick-up. With this system, and the designated entry and exit, the new pot shop seeks to ensure efficiency and safety given the current circumstances.
Pot is definitely better in a historic building!
— Preservation Chicago: Love Your City Fiercely! (@Pres_Chicago) January 12, 2021
The first step towards the new dispensary begins with renovating the former bank and obtaining a state license.
[Featured Image from Twitter @verilifestores]