Forest Park residents, along with the rest of the state, will have to wait to find out where medical cannabis cultivation and distribution centers will be located, due to a delay on the part of the state.
Shelia Porter, a spokesperson with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the government entity overseeing the program, acknowledged that the state missed its Jan. 1 deadline and could not give a date when the announcement will be made.
She said the state is still conducting a “comprehensive review of the cultivation and dispensary applicants” before approving 60 dispensary licenses. A total of 214 applicants have applied for dispensary licenses.
Three applicants have applied for dispensary licenses in Forest Park. The Village Council approved conditional zoning for all three.
St. Fiacre’s, to be owned by Forest Park business woman Linda Cibula and her son John, was proposed for the old Kevil’s restaurant site at 7228 Circle Ave.
Green MC Meds, represented by former Oak Park and River Forest High School basketball star Evan Hilton, was approved for “Mon Cherie” at the old WaMu Bank location, 7501 Roosevelt Road.
Finally Curative Health, LLC, got approval for a remodel of the old Bagat Brothers restaurant knife sharpening business at 7621 Roosevelt.
“We’re just trying to make sure we get the most qualified applicants approved for this program,” Porter said in a telephone interview.
She would not speculate on when the state would make an announcement.