Column: Pot shops popping up in Lake County – Chicago Tribune

For marijuana connoisseurs, we’re reaching nirvana in Lake County — A pot shop in nearly every community.

The latest to join the lottery for a slice of the cash blooming from Satan’s lettuce is tiny and mostly rural Wadsworth. “The Village of Country Living,” as it’s known locally, is in line for two recreational marijuana dispensaries.

If approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, the dueling cannabis businesses, Nature’s Grace and Goodies, will be the closest dispensaries to Wisconsin stoners. According to Steve Sadin’s front-page News-Sun story late last month, currently two sites in eastern Lake County in Waukegan’s Fountain Square entertainment zone — Ivy Hall and Planet 13 — are the closest to the Badger State.

With a state cannabis license and the OK from Wadsworth officials after going through the planning process, the two new dispensaries would be about a hop, skip and a jump from the Kenosha County line. Nature’s Grace plans to open its space at an under-construction building on the northeast intersection of Routes 41 and 173; Goodies close by at the old Hi-Way Sales auto recycling center, whose sizeable 15 acres fronts on Route 41, south of Route 173.

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