New Zoning Board of Appeals chair Timothy Knudsen considers a proposal by Dispensary 33 to open a pot shop at 1152 W. Randolph St.

The Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals on Friday gave its first-ever approval to a cannabis grow operation and endorsed a proposal for a new 6,600-square-foot dispensary in the Fulton Market district, setting off a race between two rival pot companies over who can score a license first from state regulators.

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