Reversing course, the Des Plaines city council on Monday snuffed out a plan to open a cannabis dispensary in the downtown area.
A Chicago-based company called Dispensary 33 wanted to open a shop at 1504 Miner St. The vacant building is within the Metropolitan Square plaza and last was home to a Leona’s restaurant that closed in 2017.
Cannabis dispensaries are allowed in Des Plaines but require city council approval to operate downtown. None operate anywhere in Des Plaines.
A majority of city council members supported the plan during a discussion two weeks ago. But on Monday, several of those aldermen said that after speaking with constituents, they no longer think a dispensary is appropriate in the downtown area.
City hall, several restaurants and the Des Plaines Theatre are among the existing downtown attractions.
“The No. 1 concern is the location,” 4th Ward Alderman Artur Zadrozny said.
The council voted 6-1 to deny the permit request and to help the company find a different location to operate in town. Alderman Colt Moylan of the 2nd Ward was the lone dissenter.
Alderman Shamoon Ebrahimi of