Entrepreneurs want to open Des Plaines’ first recreational cannabis dispensary in the heart of the city’s downtown district.

A vacant, one-story space at 1504 Miner St. is being eyed for the operation. Set in the Metropolitan Square plaza, it formerly was home to a Leona’s restaurant and has been empty since 2017.

The proposed business, to be called Dispensary 33, would strictly be a shop for recreational users, not those with medical prescriptions.

Dispensary 33 shops operate in Chicago’s West Loop and Andersonville neighborhoods, and another is planned for Wicker Park, documents indicate.

The Des Plaines city council voted in December 2019 to allow cannabis dispensaries in town as soon as they became legal statewide the following month.

Dispensaries initially weren’t permitted in the downtown district, but that changed with another council vote in August. They’re now OK downtown with city council approval.

City officials who favor allowing pot shops said Des Plaines should get some of the sales tax revenue going to Rosemont, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights and other towns with dispensaries. Des Plaines is set to collect 4% tax on recreational cannabis sales in

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