A remodeled and rebranded medical marijuana dispensary in Naperville will become the first in the city to sell recreational cannabis beginning next week.
Rise Naperville, formerly 3C Compassionate Care Center, opens Thursday for adult-use cannabis sales at its existing location, 1700 Quincy Ave., according to a news release from operator Green Thumb Industries. The city’s only medical marijuana dispensary has been renovated and expanded to accommodate the new recreational use.
“We worked hard to offer adult-use cannabis sales in Naperville and are excited to meet new customers while continuing to serve our patients,” Green Thumb founder and CEO Ben Kovler said in a statement. “We have been proud members of the Naperville community since 2016 and will remain good neighbors, creating jobs and tax revenue and making a positive impact through our corporate responsibility programs.”
The Chicago-based company was one of three recreational pot facilities for which Naperville reserved occupancy permits last month, filling the city’s cap just weeks after the council lifted a previous ban on adult-use sales. The other two operations are Sunnyside Dispensary at 2740 W. 75th St. and Zen Leaf at 1516 N. Naper Boulevard.
The companies are able to move forward with applying for and obtaining required permits before beginning work at their designated sites, city spokeswoman Linda LaCloche said. City and state inspections will need to be conducted before they open.
Up to three dispensaries are permitted by right in certain zoning areas under the city’s new ordinance. The measure, approved in August, includes parking regulations and distance requirements of at least one mile from any existing dispensary, 1,000 feet from a school and