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Village Council Approves Palatine’s First Cannabis Dispensary

Palatine Town Hall. (Patrick Jasionowski/Journal Special)

The Palatine Village Council voted 5-2 at its May 2 meeting to approve the village’s first recreational cannabis dispensary, with Councilors Kolin Kozlowski (District 5) and Tim Millar (District 1) voting against.

The dispensary will occupy a currently vacant lot at 325 E. Lake Cook Rd., directly east of the Starbucks location and the Patrick Hyundai dealership at the southeast corner of Lake Cook and Rand roads. It will be a joint venture between two Chicago-based companies – Botavi Wellness and Justice Cannabis Company.

Councilors who opposed said that while they had no problem with the proposal, they opposed it in principle. Kozlowski said he thinks only medical dispensaries should be able to sell recreational cannabis, and Millar said he continues to worry about the effects of cannabis on young adults.

Mitch Zaveduk, vice president of real estate for Justice Cannabis, said his employer works with smaller cannabis distribution companies that may not have the resources to start on their own. Justice Cannabis is involved with several Illinois dispensaries and operates a grow facility in Edgewood, IL. It also has interests in several dispensaries and grow facilities in California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Utah.

There are multiple links between Botavi and Justice Cannabis. According to Block Club Chicago, Zaveduk is one of Botavi’s co-owners, and Justice Cannabis co-founder Jonathan Loevy is another co-founder. According to state corporate ownership records, Joel Feldman, one of the co-owners of Justice Cannabis, is the attorney for both companies.

Like several other dispensaries that Justice Cannabis is involved with, the Palatine Dispensary will be branded “The Bloc”. According to a report from village staff, it will be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Botavi’s attorney, Craig Krandel, said they don’t plan to display marijuana leaves or other overt cannabis symbols in their signage. Village manager Reid Ottesen said staff would review the signage as part of the final review of the plan and, if they found anything potentially contentious, they would bring it to the council for a vote.

Zaveduk said the clinic will create 18 full-time jobs and four part-time jobs, with a starting salary of $15. Although the company only uses cash due to federal banking regulations, he described an elaborate safe deposit box system the dispensary will use to secure the cash and said the cash would be protected by four officers. safety during transfers. The dispensary will have several security cameras and the palatine police will be able to access the images.

Ottesen said that, as with liquor licensees, police will work with Block owners to address safety issues.

When the village council initially passed the recreational cannabis regulations, it limited dispensaries to set up in manufacturing districts and the business district off the B-5 highway, effectively limiting them to a few plots on the portion of Rand Road between Dundee and Lake Cook, property on Rand between Hicks and Dundee, and part of the Colfax Street industrial district near Hicks Road.

Earlier at the May 2 meeting, the Village Council voted 6 to 1 to amend the bylaw to, among other things, expand eligibility for developers with underlying B-5 zoning, which would allow Justice Cannabis and Botavi to open their dispensary at the Rand/Lac Cook Site.

Kozlowski, who voted against allowing dispensaries altogether in 2019, voted “no.” He said he believed only medical cannabis dispensaries should be able to sell recreational cannabis, saying the cannabis they obtain is of higher quality and that this would ensure that people who need it for medical reasons medical would get the first shot at the product.

Millar stressed that he had no objections to the Bloc’s proposal – it was for general recreational cannabis dispensaries, which are open to anyone aged 21 and over.

“My problem, from before as well, is that there will probably be negative health effects for people under the age of 24,” he said. “I just couldn’t vote on that.”

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