Review of medicinal marijuana dispensary begins in Glenview

Glenview resident Julie Stone is applying to open Greenleaf Organics,
a store for selling medicinal marijuana at 3240 W. Lake Ave. |Todd Shields/Sun-Times Media
Glenview resident Julie Stone is applying to open Greenleaf Organics, a store for selling medicinal marijuana at 3240 W. Lake Ave. |Todd Shields/Sun-Times Media

GLENVIEW — Glenview Plan Commission will continue to review an application for opening the only medicinal marijuana store in Northfield Township.

Several interested parties met Tuesday to study the proposal in a Glenview location, which nearby businesses believed would hurt their operations due to the store’s inefficient parking plan.

Nearby homeowners also complained of increased traffic on the busy two-lane West Lake Avenue near The Glen, where the village’s largest church is being built and construction of a 171-unit residential community is also under way.

While no one said marijuana is a harmful drug, but instead useful to people suffering from chronic disease-related pain, business owners asked commissioners to study the store’s parking and traffic plan.

Glenview resident Julie Stone, the would-be owner of the Greenleaf Organics at 3240 W. Lake Ave. near Pickwick Avenue and Greenwood Road, requested 59 parking spaces in two lots adjoining lots to the building.

Her attorney, Sanford Stein, said the store would have 500 patient/buyers.

Mack Himes, who owns Glassworks, an installer of shower doors and mirrors at 1814 Pickwick Ave., said his business had grown from 19 to 41 workers since 2011.

“Sales have quadrupled there. The medicinal store will impact our growth,” said Hinz, citing increased parking and traffic in the light industrial area.

Two other business owners complained of parking and traffic — one from CrossFit Haven gymnasium, while residents said Glenview trustees have wrongfully allowed West Lake Avenue to fill up with small, light industrial businesses and retail shops, adjacent to residential neighborhoods and two public schools.

“You have crammed so much traffic-intensive structures in the West Lake/Shermer area of (The) Glen with the combination of homes, mega church structure, parking lot, and now a pot shop that many residents of (The) Glen are wondering what you’re thinking and how (we are) benefiting from such acts because WE certainly aren’t,” wrote resident Joe Michael to village officials, including Village President Jim Patterson.

Plan commissioners continued the meeting to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Glenview Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan.

Upon their recommendation, the commissioners will send a decision to the village board.

Should the board OK the Greenleaf’s proposal, its application must be submitted for state approval before Sept. 22.

Northbrook resident Judy Letterman, who has cancer in her breasts and femur, told commissioners, said she needed the pain-killing inducements of marijuana and she has smoked it.

“After just one hit of marijuana, I can eat breakfast, have a regular day and do the things I like to do,” she said.

Eliza Stephens said rheumatoid arthritis hurt her entire body.

“I can’t hold a toothbrush. I’m depressed and I’m given morphine. Marijuana gives me the sensation of being free of pain,” she said.

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