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Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020

* Illinois being Illinois, one thing you have to keep in mind when reading stories like this (as well-researched as it appears to be), is whether companies that lost out also had political connections. That’s what usually happens here

A famed restaurateur.

An ex-Chicago police commander.

A longtime Republican Party operative.

A former Chicago Transit Authority official.

A cannabis industry insider related to a former state lawmaker.

A former director of the state agency that oversees weed dispensaries.

What do they all have in common?

They’re working together for Green Renaissance Illinois, a budding firm that was recently named a finalist in the state lottery for the next round of pot shop licenses.

That being said, the governor was likely right to order a look at the bidding process. The more I see, the more I think that KPMG’s approach was flawed or worse.

Also, the license application process to grow cannabis includes the right to appeal. The law gives dispensary applicants no such right. That’s a very real problem and the GA needs to revisit this in the fall.

* In other news

There are no cannabis-related businesses in Elgin, but city officials hope to recruit a dispensary to the downtown with a rule change that received unanimous support from the planning and zoning commission this week.

Despite following the state’s lead and legalizing dispensaries and cultivation centers during the past six years, Elgin has not lured any medical or recreational businesses.

There have been “a lot of inquiries,” according to Mark Mylott, the city’s director of community development. But restrictions about how close such a business can be to areas where children might gather has kept the most attractive locations, including the downtown, off-limits, he said. Mylott said a dispensary could be the catalyst the downtown needs. […]

City officials want to exclude two “pocket parks” from the 250-foot distance requirement.

Our blue laws are so goofy.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

5 Comments »
  1. - The Captain - Wednesday, Sep 16, 20 @ 11:41 am:

    The newspapers will write their guilt-by-association stories and the reform groups will get up in arms not about impropriety but the appearance of impropriety, everyone will play their roles without giving it any more than superficial thought.

    But the one entertaining detail about this story (though not mentioned in this story) is one of the guilt by association people in here used to be at one of the reform groups.

    Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.


  2. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Sep 16, 20 @ 11:42 am:

    = “pocket parks” =

    Drive by these often - on August 1st Elgin Police also began a 24/7 enforcement initiative as the homeless have been making themselves at home in these pocket parks.


  3. - Amalia - Wednesday, Sep 16, 20 @ 12:04 pm:

    “…a budding firm….” I love that.


  4. - Chatham Resident - Wednesday, Sep 16, 20 @ 12:12 pm:

    = “pocket parks” =

    Sounds like the Y-block across from the Governor’s Mansion (which has been the topic of redevelopment speculation in recent years) qualifies as one of those parks.


  5. - Only in 2020 - Wednesday, Sep 16, 20 @ 5:04 pm:

    It looks like Ag used the medical cannabis regulations as their basis for adult use. Ag normally deals with permits for hog farms and has experience dealing with controversial permits. The 2014 Ag cannabis rules obviously thought though various scenarios bc those rules had a provision addressing tie breakers. DFPR on the other hand issues pharmacy licenses to whoever applies.


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