185 Illinois adult use dispensary licenses might finally, officially be awarded this Friday – Grown In

ChicagoNORML executive director, Edie Moore (left) and former State Sen. Rickey Hendon (speaking) both Illinois dispensary license winners spoke at a press conference Tuesday, July 27, 2021, calling for a resolution to awarding dispensary licenses. Credit: Mike Fourcher / Grown In

The stay on 185 Illinois cannabis licenses, keeping license winners from opening stores, could be lifted as early as this Friday, according to a motion and discussion in Cook County Circuit Court this morning.

Long-time cannabis industry plaintiff WAH Group filed a motion this morning that would lift a July 2021 stay on awarding 185 adult use dispensary licenses. Lifting the stay would allow the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to transfer those 185 licenses to the lottery winners, who could then begin using them, free and clear of any legal restrictions. The action would more than double Illinois’ current 110 existing dispensary licenses, most of which are owned by multi state operators.

[Read the motion to lift stay.]

In a hearing this morning, Assistant Attorney General Sunil Bhave told Cook County Judge Michael Mullen that, “We might be agreeable to lift the stay,” and that he would discuss the motion with WAH Group attorney Mazie

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