Illinois extends curbside pickup for medical patients to January 31 – Chicago Reader

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) issued a notice on December 29 to state medical-licensed marijuana dispensaries that stated curbside pickup for medical patients would stop at the start of 2023. But just five days later, the department extended the variance through January 31.

In the December notice to dispensaries, the IDFPR wrote “there will be no further extensions of this variance.” 

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This just in: IL eliminates curbside pickup for medical cannabis patients

Since 2020, sick patients w trouble walking have been able to get their medicine without leaving their car. On 12/29, we got this letter. No explanation. Just anti-patient. Anti-compassion @GovPritzker pic.twitter.com/DR0fY0YEFO

— Ben Kovler (@Bkov9) December 31, 2022

Dina Rollman, senior vice president of government affairs at Green Thumb Industries, was unsure about why the variance needed to end in the first place.

“We have taken steps to try to understand what the purported reason was for ending curbside and we have been unable to discern any basis for it whatsoever,” she said.

Green Thumb Industries operates 77 dispensaries across the country under the brand name Rise, ten of which are in Illinois, the maximum allowed by state law. Five of

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