It took two years and some legislative creativity, but Buffalo Grove is finally home to a recreational marijuana dispensary.
Village President Beverly Sussman cut the ribbon Thursday at Sunnyside, 830 Milwaukee Ave., to mark the occasion.
Sunnyside opened at the same location last year as a medical dispensary, but a quirk in state law prevented it from selling recreational pot as well. That changed in July, when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation closing that loophole.
“This is a major milestone both for us and for the state, as this is the final medical dispensary to add adult use, and we couldn’t be happier to finally be a dual-purpose dispensary here in the community,” said Jason Erkes, spokesman for Sunnyside owner Cresco Labs.
Buffalo Grove officials, who agreed to allow recreational pot sales in late 2019, sent an email to state Rep. Daniel Didech complaining that other dispensaries in the area received the green light while “our dispensary remains mired in a bureaucratic morass.”
Didech introduced a bill to resolve the issue but initially didn’t have the votes for it to pass. However, state Rep. LaShawn Ford, a Chicago