The Gold Coast Neighbors Association seems to be more interested in astroturf than natural grass. 

Association president Vern Broders told the Chicago Sun-Times that he anticipates 50 concerned residents will show up at one of two public hearings this evening as representatives from PharmaCann and Cresco Labs share details of plans to open up dispensaries within the shadow of Viagra Triangle. 

When and if residents approve one of four bids to open up shops in the area, only one location would be able to open in the foreseeable future. Currently, dispensaries in Chicago need to be located at least 1,500 feet from one another. 

Meanwhile, the gloves are off in Naperville! A non-binding referendum on March 17 ballot will ask residents if they approve of recreational sales. Last September the Naperville city council voted to reject the possibility of recreational sales within city limits.

Mayor Steve Cherico supports recreational sales, which he estimates will bring $500,000 in annual tax revenue. Jennifer Taylor of Opt Out Naperville is disputing that prediction, telling John Williams of WGN Radio that this figure is derived from projections that are based on robust January 2020 sales. Citing statistics accumulated over five years in Colorado, Taylor believes recreational sales will be a fraction of what the mayor and industry advocates are saying they will be. 

Residents will share their views on election day in March.

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Brad Spirrison is a journalist, serial entrepreneur and media ecologist. He lives in Chicago with his son. Interests include music, meditation and Miles Davis.