Second cannabis dispensary planned for Villa Park – Chicago Daily Herald

A second recreational cannabis dispensary in Villa Park is on the horizon.

On Monday, Villa Park trustees unanimously voted to allow GRD Illinois LLC to operate a Green Releaf location at 305 W. North Ave. The 4,200-square-foot building has been vacant for some time.

Green Releaf operates five medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri under CEO Jigueshkumar (Jay) Patel. The local petitioner, Mayank Patel speaking on behalf of GRD, emphasized the Villa Park location would be independently and locally owned and operated. Around 10 to 17 employees would be hired, and Green Releaf’s proposed hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Villa Park’s first cannabis dispensary opened in September 2020 as Columbia Care at 133 Roosevelt Road, though its name was later changed to Cannabist.

Before the vote, Trustee Deepasriya Kumar asked to confirm that Villa Park will also receive a 3% village tax imposed on all cannabis sales from Green Releaf. Villa Park previously designated that two-thirds of that tax revenue goes to the police and fire pension fund, while the remaining third is to be applied toward parks and a planned recreation center.

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