HIGHWOOD, IL — Highwood’s first marijuana dispensary opened last month ahead of a state licensing deadline. Meanwhile, Highland Park’s dispensary received state and local authorization to begin selling to customers other than medical cannabis cardholders.

They were one of more than two dozen licenses that were newly issued or changed hands in March as Illinois’ consolidating cannabis corporations reached a cap on pot shops.

The sixth Windy City Cannabis dispensary opened March 26 at 260 Green Bay Road. It’s located in the former location of Barrel Crossing Tap & Grill, which closed in the summer of 2017.

Highwood City Manager Scott Coren told Patch the opening of the dispensary continues the revitalization of a block that has added the restaurants Greenwood American Kitchen and Bar and Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company in recent years, with a plans for a new location of the Chicago Persian restaurant Noon O Kebab.

“The dispensary was approved after significant public input and the community looks forward to supporting its newest business for many years to come,” Coren said in an email.

The opening came ahead of a March 31 deadline written into the law that legalized recreational marijuana in Illinois 15 months earlier, the Cannabis Regulation and

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