GreenGate Chicago, a medical cannabis dispensary, which allows people who are diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions to access marijuana for medical use, will open officially on Tuesday, May 1st, at 7305 N. Rogers (at the intersection of Chase, Damen and Rogers).
In advance of the official opening, the owner of the dispensary, Bob Kingsley, is hosting an Open House tomorrow (Saturday, April 14th), 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You must be 21 years of age or older and possess a valid state ID or passport to attend the event.
This is your opportunity to look inside the beautiful medical facility and meet the team who will be dispensing the medication. Learn more about the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program and sign up for a medical cannabis card if you are eligible. The team at GreenGate is also providing on-site fingerprint services for $50 and free passport photos.
The dispensary will also provide free giveaways and prizes for all who attend (no, the product itself will not be given away).
The new facility, located at the intersection of Chase, Damen and Rogers, represents a complete rehabilitation of an old, dilapidated structure that for many years was home to the Rogers Pantry, a convenience store that primarily sold packaged liquor. Rogers Pantry went out of business several years ago and the building has been standing empty ever since (compare photo on left to photo above).
I held a community meeting on the medical cannabis dispensary a year ago last September and announced my support for the proposal a few month later in a lengthy and detailed statement. Since then, Mr. Kingsley went through the City and State approval processes. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation signed off on the dispensary last month, which was the final step in the process.
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which was enacted in 2013, allows persons who are diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition to obtain access to marijuana for medical use. The qualifying patient must obtain a written certification from a physician specifying their debilitating condition and register with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Debilitating conditions include Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and rheumatoid arthritis.
For a complete list of debilitating conditions that could qualify a patient to receive medical marijuana, click here.
The GreenGate dispensary exists for the sole purpose of dispensing marijuana to individuals who have a debilitating medical condition for which marijuana may offer some relief and who the Illinois Department of Public Health certifies to receive the drug. Only fully registered patients would be allowed in the facility.
All marijuana must be sold in a sealed packaged in the designated amounts. The patients must take the marijuana home to consume. Consumption of marijuana is strictly prohibited in and around the facility, including the parking lot. Each transaction is verified in real time with the State of Illinois.
City ordinance requires at least one armed guard on site. Mr. Kingsley states he plans to use off-duty sheriff’s deputies. The officers will retain their police powers whereby they can legally arrest anyone for cause.
Security cameras will cover every inch of the clinic’s interior, exterior and parking lot. The cameras will provide a live feed to Illinois State Police. The license plate of every car that enters the clinic parking lot will be photographed and recorded.
Mr. Kingsley will install a high-grade security vault for cash and medicine. An armored car will collect the cash on at least a daily basis.
All deliveries will be made to a private, fenced-in “employee only” entrance. An inventory of the product will be taken twice a day and any errors will be reported immediately to the State of Illinois.
For further information on the facility and the reasons I decided to support it, read my statement of support.
I hope you will join me in welcoming this important new medical facility to our neighborhood, which cleaned up a neighborhood eyesore and will provide much-needed relief to those suffering from debilitating diseases.