McHenry considering medical marijuana dispensary on Route 31 – Northwest Herald


McHENRY – The city of McHenry is giving the public a chance to weigh in on a proposed medical marijuana dispensary that’s seeking permission to open across from the hospital.

The McHenry Planning and Zoning Commission is planning to hold a public hearing May 17 to consider allowing the construction of a medical marijuana dispensary on Route 31. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the McHenry Municipal Center, 333 S. Green St.

The application – submitted by applicant Jamil Taylor on behalf of Justice Grown – is requesting a use variance and any other variances required to allow the medical marijuana dispensary’s construction at 618 S. Route 31 in McHenry under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.

“We have been working with Justice Grown for more than a year, and I believe their business would be a great addition to our city,” Director of Economic Development Doug Martin said. “Justice Grown also wants to be an active member of the community; has experience; and with all my interactions with them to date, I have found them to be extremely knowledgeable, professional, passionate about what they do and community-minded.”

The property is located on the east side of Route 31 and north of Medical Center Drive. Justice Grown is looking to occupy three corner units of the building at that location. According to city documents, property owner Garrett Forester has granted permission and fully supports the pending medical marijuana dispensary.

In 2014, members of the McHenry City Council considered allowing Phoenix Farms of Illinois LLC to open a marijuana cultivation center at 1515 Miller Parkway, a former manufacturing site on the far southwest corner of the McHenry Corporate Center. However, the cultivation center never was granted a license by the state, Martin said.

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