Chicago strip club owner gets license to sell medical marijuana

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CHICAGO — One of the new Illinois shops that will sell medical marijuana will be run by a strip club owner.

Perry Mandera owns VIP’s A Gentleman’s Club. The Sun-Times reports that didn’t disqualify him from applying for, and getting, a license to sell pot in the West Loop.

The store will be called Perry Mandera’s Custom Strains. It’ll open sometime this summer in the 1100 block of West Fulton.

He plans to cater to military veterans.

According to the Sun-Times Chicago mayoral candidate and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia agreed to serve on the advisory committee for Mandera in his effort to win a state license for a medical marijuana dispensary.

He agreed to be on the adversary panel after Mandera’s attorney assured him the dispensary would hire “people of color” and serve veterans and low-income families. Garcia told the Sun-Times that’s what appealed to him and that he doesn’t know much about the medical marijuana industry.

Garcia added that he doesn’t know Mandera but he’s “known Brendan since he was a little boy.”

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