National marijuana chain wants dispensary near Chicago addiction treatment center

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CHICAGO (AP/KMOX) -- A marijuana company has proposed opening a cannabis dispensary on the same Chicago block as an addiction treatment center that serves about 500 people daily.The dispensary, proposed by NuMed, would be on the second floor of a building whose entrance would be near Haymarket Center. Haymarket officials worry having a marijuana dispensary so close would trigger patients to relapse.Although studies show marijuana may not be not physically addicting for those use it occasionally, heavier users complain of psychological cravings and irritability upon withdrawal.There are also physical symptoms such insomnia, night sweats, nausea and loss of appetite that could afflict those who have used higher amounts of THC over a longer period of time.Chicago alderman Walter Burnett admits he abused alcohol as a teen. He says he opposes NuMed's efforts, saying he doesn't want to be involved in anything that may cause people to lose their sobriety.NuMed representatives couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.© 2020 KMOX (Entercom). All rights reserved.