Suburbs' first cannabis lounge gets the thumbs-up to open in Mundelein – Daily Herald

A Mundelein cannabis dispensary has received permission to open the suburbs’ first cannabis lounge.

The village board on Monday unanimously granted a request from Rise, 1325 Armour Blvd., to operate an appointment-only space where customers can ingest newly purchased products.

The lounge will be in an adjacent building at 1570 Baskin Road that Rise’s parent company, Green Thumb Industries of Chicago, also owns. A hallway will connect the two buildings.

An opening date hasn’t been announced.

The state law that legalized selling cannabis for recreational purposes starting in January 2020 also allowed towns to authorize consumption of the drug inside dispensaries and tobacco stores. Few have opened, however.

Under its new agreement with Mundelein, Rise will allow lounge customers to consume only cannabis flower, beverages and concentrates purchased at the shop. Edibles will be forbidden because they are easier to unintentionally overconsume, officials have said.

Alcohol will be banned, too.

Just like employees in bars serving alcohol, lounge employees will be trained to prevent overconsumption of cannabis by patrons.


Once the lounge opens, Mundelein police won’t be waiting nearby to pull over customers who’ve partaken while inside, Village Administrator Eric Guenther said.

“Our officers do not have the time nor the inclination to sit and wait for people to leave in hopes that they will catch an intoxicated driver,” Guenther said in an email. “We just do not do that, just like we do not sit outside bars and wait for people to leave.”

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