After nearly three years of legal marijuana in Illinois, McHenry County is home to only one dispensary – Northwest Herald

While marijuana could be a growing business soon in McHenry County as more licenses are granted, state regulations are causing issues for many.

Pending lawsuits, court-ordered stays and related delays in new license approval have created a backlog both across the state and in the county.

“It is difficult to get new programs up and running, and up and running well,” said McHenry County Board member Pamela Althoff, R-McHenry, who is also executive director of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois.

SOI LLC was one business that sued the state after its application’s “perfect score” was denied a license, said Joseph Ori, one of the firm’s owners and general counsel.

They did not have a veteran on their application, which the state added to the preferred list requirements late in the process, Ori said. Despite this, the group anticipates receiving a craft grow license soon.

Lack of a license may not be the only reason dispensaries aren’t coming to fruition in McHenry County.

The city of McHenry has approved two marijuana businesses since 2020. Neither applicant followed up with construction permits or received a state license, Director of

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