HIGHLAND PARK – The Highland Park City Council approved zoning for a medical marijuana dispensary at 1460 Old Skokie Road. Named Elevele, the dispensary will be one of three tenants in the building that is currently under construction.
Before the vote was taken at the September 28 meeting, Mayor Nancy Rotering said, “The action that we’re voting on tonight is really that the applicant needs to satisfy the zoning aspects.”
Joel Fontane, director of community development, explained that a conditional use permit awarded Highland Park one of three licenses in Lake County. The others are in Mundelein, and Buffalo Grove.
“The facility will essentially have the character and functionality of a doctor’s office combined with a pharmacy,” said Fontane. “They will only serve persons with valid state issued identification cards, and it is only open to those specifically registered with the state.”
Fontane added that products and services will include: medical cannabis, buds, infused edibles, topical creams and unrelated paraphernalia. Services will also include patient education and related resources.
“The facility must be in compliance with the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, and the security plan must be followed,” said Fontane.
“Registered qualifying patients and designated caregivers may possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis in a 14-day period from the dispensary the qualifying patient identified on their application,” according to the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program at Illinois.gov.
As noted in the city council agenda packet, on February 3, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation awarded Northshore Alternative Therapy (renamed Elevele) a Dispensing Organization Registration Authorization. The owners are Andy and Veronica Hunt of Lake Forest.
The facility will not be open to the general public and will be closely monitored. The proposed hours of operation for the dispensary:
- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday
- 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday