Within two days of adopting zoning regulations to allow recreational marijuana sales, Naperville received applications from three companies interested in operating dispensaries in town, potentially filling the city’s cap.
Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries, which owns the city’s medical marijuana clinic, is seeking to add adult-use cannabis at its existing location at 1700 Quincy Ave., city spokeswoman Linda LaCloche said.
The facility was granted a “same-site” license from the state last year but had to wait until the use was permitted under local law. In a 6-3 vote Tuesday, the Naperville City Council approved a zoning ordinance that effectively lifted the city’s previous ban on recreational marijuana sales and allows up to three dispensaries within the city’s boundaries.
The other two applicants are ZenLeaf Naperville, which has requested to open a dispensary at 1516 N. Naper Blvd., and PDI Medical III, which wants to operate at 2740 W. 75th St., LaCloche said.
“These companies are going to spend millions and millions of dollars to build these facilities out because they’re very secured and very specific,” Mayor Steve Chirico said. “They know it’s going to be a very, very good market to be in.”
Recreational pot dispensaries are permitted by right in certain zoning areas under the city’s new ordinance. If all three applicants meet local requirements, secure state approval and decide to move forward, he said, Naperville will have already reached its limit on the number of cannabis shops allowed.