BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Less than a year after opening, a McLean County cannabis dispensary is looking expand in both of the Twin Cities.
On Monday night, Beyond Hello was given the green light by the Bloomington City Council to set up shop in 118 Keaton Place (formerly Slim Chickens). The company requested the space because leaders said the current shop does not offer an array of options for medical marijuana users.
They’re hoping this new space can offer that while also providing extra parking spaces for customers shopping inside or utilizing curbside pick up.
All but one council member voted in favor of the move, as Mboka Mwilambwe said he was against the dispensary coming into town in the first place. But it turned out he was not the lone dissenter as Surena Fish voiced concerns about the proximity of the new location from ‘family businesses’.
“In the 500ft zone there are three family-oriented businesses, where there are children going and coming,” said Fish. “Which means anyone waiting, anyone sitting in a car, the kids are exposed to it.”
However, Nathan Wang, Jushi’s (the company that owns Beyond/Hello) Manager of New Markets, said the company understands the fear community members may have toward a new store, especially cannabis. He said after months in the community, many will change their views after seeing how responsible they’ve been.
“We’ve done everything in our power to make sure the proposal submitted is compliant with the ordinance that was already passed,” said Wang. “We do take safety, security, as well as our impact on the community, and neighbors, extremely seriously in every community that we are a part of.”
Wang said the company hopes to have the store open by the end of the year.
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