To say that Zen Leaf’s medical and recreational marijuana dispensary in St. Charles has been experiencing a growth spurt is an understatement.
Zen Leaf has seen a 639% growth in patients from June 2018 to June 2021, resulting in the dispensary having the second most patients per dispensary — 5,048 — in the state as of June 30, according to the 2021 annual report for the medical cannabis patient program.
The dispensary in the state with the most number of patients had 5,662 as of June 30 and is located in Mundelein. Zen Leaf has been in operation in St. Charles since 2015.
Last year, Zen Leaf began selling recreational marijuana at its dispensary at 3714 Illinois Ave. after St. Charles aldermen gave them the green light to do so. To accommodate Zen Leaf’s growth, the dispensary has moved into the former Jared Jewelry store in the Main Street Commons shopping center in St. Charles.
Zen Leaf St. Charles is the first marijuana dispensary to relocate after a recent change in state law. Zen Leaf’s new building is approximately 60% larger than its previous building in an industrial park on