End of 2022 target for opening Jacksonville cannabis dispensary – Jacksonville Journal-Courier

A planned retail marijuana dispensary in Jacksonville should be open by the end of 2022.

“We will have a license in hand by Aug. 5,” said Kenny Pleasant, a real estate investment broker and strategic consultant of Kush21, which is opening the local dispensary. “We were in the group that was cleared last week to receive licenses.

“We’re kind of in a holding pattern until early August,” Pleasant said, “but we definitely will be open by the end of the year.”

The number of recreational marijuana shops in Illinois should more than double after the state announced plans last week to issue 185 new dispensary licenses. Gov. J.B. Pritzker gave the go-ahead after a federal court judge lifted a ban on issuing the licenses while litigation continues.

Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer refused to issue a temporary restraining order against the new licenses in a lawsuit by two plaintiffs claiming the state’s residency requirements violate federal law. The judge ruled plaintiffs lacked standing to challenge the previously allotted licenses because state officials have proposed alternatives to state residency.

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