The state Senate on Friday approved changes to the 2019 Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act that proponents say would encourage diversity in dispensary licensing.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he will sign the bill.
House Bill 1443 also would provide more opportunities for social equity applicants to receive dispensary licenses, benefiting Black and Brown communities and business owners across the state, proponents said.
But it also would enable Buffalo Grove’s medical dispensary to sell recreational marijuana. The Sunnyside dispensary had a recreational license for its previous location, 1623 Barclay Blvd., but its move to 830 Milwaukee Ave. required it go to the end of the line and reapply for state approval, according to the interpretation of existing state law by Pritzker’s office.
On Tuesday, when the measure passed the House, State Rep. Daniel Didech, a Democrat from Buffalo Grove who sponsored the bill, said in a news release, “The tax revenue generated by the Buffalo Grove dispensary will help fund much-needed infrastructure improvements, support our police and fire services, and avert unnecessary property tax increases.”
The measure sets up two additional lotteries with 110 additional licenses available, in addition