Three cannabis-related businesses recently received licenses to operate in Forest Park – and, according to Mayor Rory Hoskins, there is another party interested in opening a dispensary.
Karuna Ventures received a cannabis infuser license in 2021, allowing it to extract oil from cannabis plants, put that oil in products such as edibles and electric vapor pens, package the products and distribute them to dispensaries. More recently, Mint IL LLC got a license to open a cannabis cultivation plant at 7550 Industrial Dr. and got a go-ahead to start construction. And Alliance Transport Group will operate a cannabis transportation business out of a warehouse building at 1800 Desplaines Ave.
Hoskins said he supports the prospective cannabis businesses, because he believes they will create jobs in Forest Park. He also said there is a dispensary that is applying for a license, and while he didn’t elaborate any further, he said he doesn’t believe it will have any trouble getting village council approval.
Karuna Ventures and Alliance Transport Group didn’t respond to calls and e-mails seeking comment by deadline. But Mint co-owner Omar Fakhouri shared that they plan to grow cannabis not just for their planned dispensary in neighboring