Forest Park’s three medical cannabis dispensary hopefuls didn’t appear to make the cut on a scoring list created during the last days of Gov. Pat Quinn’s term. The list was made public Monday after being obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times through a Freedom of Information Act request. The list was created by staff at the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. According to the Sun-Times, the scoring was “blind.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner has said the previous administration’s recommendations for licenses for dispensaries and growing facilities will be reevaluated. The program was put on hold.
The list gives a score to dispensary candidates. The highest-scoring application in zone 35, was FloraMedex, LLC, which received 529 points, plus 71 bonus points, bringing the total to 600 points.
Forest Park’s applicants scored lower. Curative Health, LLC, ranked fifth of 12 with 511 points, and no bonus points. St. Fiacre, LLC, ranked tenth with 442 and no bonus points. MonCheri Meds ranked 11th with 392 and no bonus points. It was unclear how base points and bonus points were awarded.
Zone 35 included towns in Proviso, Leyden and Norwood Park townships. FloraMedex is incorporated in Harwood Heights, located at 7444 W. Wilson Ave. This is not necessarily the location of the proposed dispensary. The business located at this address is Stratos Lightwave, LLC, a TV and radio parts and supplies company. The registered agent for FloraMedex is a Westchester-based lawyer, Jigar Patel. Patel did not immediately return phone messages and emails inquiring the location of the proposed dispensary in Zone 35. FloraMedex also applied to open a dispensary and cultivation center in Elk Grove Village and a dispensary in Schaumburg.
Next door in zone 36, only three applicants applied. One of them, Future Transactions Holdings, LLC, ranked first with 518.5 points (no bonus points). The proposed location will likely be at 7119-7121 North Ave. hear Harlem Avenue in Oak Park. The owner is Chicago resident Brad Zerman, who also runs Chicago-based ATM transactions business Sky Processing.
Read more in Wednesday’s Forest Park Review