With about a dozen people on hand, Chicago’s first medical marijuana dispensary, Dispensary 33, opened its doors in Uptown on Wednesday.
About Dispensary 33
“We’ve been working so hard for so long,” co-owner Zachary Zises told RedEye before the 11 a.m. opening of Dispensary 33 at 5001 N. Clark St.
It’s among a handful of dispensaries that have opened statewide in recent weeks, two years after state lawmakers approved a medical marijuana program.
Only registered medical marijuana patients will be able to get past the waiting room area to the retail area, he said.
Zises said he was informed by the state this week that 150 patients are registered to buy cannabis at Dispensary 33. Purchases will be logged in a database so patients don’t exceed the legal limit of 2.5 ounces per 14-day period, he said.
”When they come into the facility, they can expect to have access to as much time as they need and as much resources and expertise we have,” said Zises, formerly a commodities trader.
Dispensary 33 carries just marijuana for now, but Zises expects to have extracts and edibles in a few weeks.
A few weeks ago, the dispensary held an open house and Zises said the response was overwhelmingly positive, with hundreds of people stopping by.
The dispensary hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 through Dec. 13, with opening and closing times changing after that.