PharmaCann’s Chicago Dispensary Scuttled By Neighbors

Law360 (August 28, 2020, 7:45 PM EDT) — A zoning board in Chicago voted to reject cannabis company PharmaCann’s request to open a dispensary in the city’s tony Gold Coast neighborhood after a 12-hour hearing where hundreds of residents and businesses argued against the pot shop’s opening.

At the meeting of Chicago’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Aug. 21, a battle between the company and an organized group of Gold Coast neighbors, restaurants and local politicians came to a head when the board rejected PharmaCann’s bid for a special use permit to operate the dispensary.

The Zoom hearing involved several fact and expert witnesses, and more than 200 residents…

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