Next month the City Council will vote on a proposal to change zoning so that medical marijuana dispensaries could operate in Chicago’s Loop. Right now, all proposed sites are too near day care centers or schools so the zoning change is required. The proposal is backed by Finance Committee Chairman Ald. Ed Burke.
Silverstein blocked the zoning change required for the proposed dispensary in the 50th Ward, claiming that rules applying to the proximity of dispensaries and schools should also apply to dispensaries and parks. Officially she was neutral, which is the kiss of death for anything she opposes.
It will be interesting to see how Silverstein votes. A “no” vote is likely because a “yes” vote would mean she’s a hypocrite. Besides, voting against would carry no political consequences since there’s reportedly enough support to pass the ordinance without her involvement. It’s just like her vote against the Mayor’s budget.
The Loop will get the benefit of jobs and taxes from such sites, and the 50th Ward will continue to observe rather than participate in opportunities for economic improvement.