Days After Opening, River North Cannabis Dispensary Shut Down Over Permit Issue – NBC Chicago


Just days after opening the city of Chicago’s second cannabis dispensary in the River North neighborhood, Modern Cannabis, known as MOCA, has already been shut down.

“On July 16, 2020, DOB issued a stop work order at 216 W. Ohio St., a pending cannabis dispensary, due to work being completed without the proper permits,” the Chicago Department of Buildings told NBC 5 in a statement. “The stop work order will be lifted once the applicant complies with the cannabis dispensary requirements outlined in the Municipal Code of Chicago and the Special Use issued by the Zoning Board of Appeals, obtains the proper permits and pays the associated fines.”

In a letter sent Friday to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Matthew Beaudet, the city’s acting building commissioner, cited a litany of problems with MOCA’s new location. Beaudet said the company had submitted its first zoning plans to the city in February, and that after several corrections, they received conditional approval on May 21, but never applied for a full renovation permit for the Ohio Street location.

“The conversion of a restaurant to a cannabis dispensary would require physical and mechanical work to the premises that would require a building permit,” the commissioner wrote. “No building permit application for interior renovation of the premises for a cannabis dispensary has been applied for, and no certificate of occupancy application for a change of occupancy has been applied for.”

Beaudet also said MOCA began building a wooden fence on the patio area of the property without proper permits, and a stop-work order was issued Thursday. 

This was after the Zoning Board of Appeals had ordered the company to build “a non-transparent permanent structure enclosing the adjacent patio to prevent outdoor customer queuing.”

In an email to NBC 5 late Friday, MOCA CEO Danny Marks

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