A medical marijuana dispensary formally opened its doors Wednesday in Arlington Heights — relocating to a highly visible corridor from a hidden industrial park in Schaumburg.
Verilife, the new retail brand name behind Oak Park-based medical marijuana provider PharmaCann LLC, held a grand opening with state and local officials in its 4,200-square-foot strip mall space at 1816 S. Arlington Heights Road, next to Jewel-Osco. That’s about triple the size of the company’s old location at 1135 Tower Road in Schaumburg, near Meacham Road, which was among the first dispensaries to open when the state’s medical marijuana pilot program launched in November 2015.
Company officials were looking for a location that was more accessible for patients, had additional parking and was easier to find. Schaumburg zoning rules would have kept the dispensary in an industrial area, but Arlington Heights’ code considers dispensaries to be drugstores or pharmacies — a permitted use within business districts.
The Schaumburg location “was built for printing T-shirts, not for having people