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CHICAGO- A medical marijuana dispensary proposed for Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood has been denied a special zoning permit.
The denial came Friday night after a long, contentious hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals at City Hall.
A group of residents opposed to the dispensary voiced concerns  with safety.

MedMar,  has already gained initial state approval for a dispensary at 2843 N. Halsted Street.

That location used to by occupied by the bar, Mix.

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and several local neighborhood groups also joined with residents in opposition to the location, saying school children would have to walk past the dispensary to get to school.

MedMar attorney Katriina McGuire argued the business would actually improve the neighborhood in that the building was "formerly a bar that enjoyed quite a bit of criminal activity."

The board granted a special-use permit for another dispensary proposed by the Cannabis Group at 5001 N. Clark Street.

That location was also approved by the state earlier this month.

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