Cannabis Dispensary Owned By Retired NBA Players Eyeing Broadview

The vacant commercial storefront property at 1516 W. Roosevelt Rd. In Broadview, which could become a cannabis dispensary if all goes according to the developer’s plans. | File 

Saturday, June 4, 2022 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

A cannabis dispensary operator is looking to move into Broadview. The village’s Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on a request for a special use from Vill-Ops, Inc., which is doing business as Viola Brands, in order to operate a cannabis dispensary inside of a vacant commercial storefront property at 1516 W. Roosevelt Rd. In Broadview. 

According to its website, Viola Brands was established in 2011 by veteran NBA player Al Harrington. The company “was inspired by his grandmother, who had long suffered from glaucoma. 

“Al convinced her to try cannabis, from which she found relief, demonstrating to him the power of the plant,” the website explains. 

Harrington is listed as the company’s CEO. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, NBA star Allen Iverson is also a partner in Viola Brands, which is based in Los Angeles. Vill-Ops, Inc., which recently won a license to operate in Illinois, is a subsidiary of Viola Brands. 

Harrington and Iverson both played for the Denver Nuggets from 2010 to 2012. Last week, Westword reported that Viola Brands is releasing a line of marijuana concentrate in Colorado.

The Broadview zoning board meeting will take place on June 7, 6 p.m., at Broadview Village Hall, 2350 S. 25th Ave. in Broadview. 

If a cannabis dispensary does come to Broadview, the village could be positioned to be a major player in the industry within the west suburbs. 

Last year, Ambrose Jackson, the CEO of Helios Labs, a licensed craft grower, announced that they plan on building a $14 million production facility in Broadview at a massive warehouse at 2150 Parkes Dr. 

Helios Labs is part of the 1937 Group, a Chicago-based company that announced in March it had entered into a “definitive agreement to establish the first minority-owned, vertically integrated cannabis company in Illinois,” according to a company statement. 

“The agreement gives The 1937 Group ownership of three licensed cannabis companies,” officials said. 

Those companies include Helios Labs, Parkway Dispensary, an adult-use cannabis dispensary opening its first location in Danville, and Highwaymen Security, a cannabis transporter, which is licensed to transport cannabis products between licensed cultivators, infusers and retailers in the state. 

“This is an open invitation to all other social equity cannabis operators to join us,” Jackson said in the statement the company released March 22. 

“We collaborate and partner with other craft operators and retailers in this space because together, we can create a larger and more scalable impact,” he said. “For us, this is about leading a movement that empowers minority involvement, with a focus on the intersection between cannabis, culture, music and art.”

So far, there are two licensed cannabis dispensaries operating in the Village Free Press coverage area, according to a map of licensed cannabis dispensaries in the state. Maribis is located at 1137 S. Mannheim Rd. in Westchester. Greenhouse Melrose Park is located at 1413 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park. 

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June 4, 2022 at 06:06PM

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