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Intensely slow judicial process finally shows signs of movement on dispensary licenses

Monday, May 23, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* John Pletz at Crain’s

The long delay in issuing new retail Illinois marijuana licenses might soon end.

The attorney who filed the lawsuit that resulted in a Cook County judge prohibiting the state from issuing 185 new licenses requested today that the ruling be lifted. And attorneys from the state indicated that a deal to lift the judge’s stay could be worked out in the coming days. […]

The stay preventing the state from issuing the licenses was issued last summer by Cook County Judge Moshe Jacobius, who retired in January. The applicant who filed suit, WAH Group, received a perfect score after the state rescored disputed applications, and it won lotteries for two licenses. However, the stay remained in place.

The state conducted three lotteries for 185 licenses last July and August, but none of those licenses has been awarded because of the stay. The legal limbo has frustrated applicants who have been unable to open stores. A handful have begun the zoning process in the city and suburbs, but many have been unable to move ahead as long as the licenses were on hold.

Just ridiculous.

* More

Dispensary license applicants have been waiting a long time for these licenses. Applications were first filed in January 2020, with awards originally supposed to be made in late April, but delays due to Covid, poor government planning, and then lawsuits kept adding delays to the process.

“The first thing I’m gonna do is have a drink and probably take a puff or two after thanking the good Lord that it’s finally over,” said dispensary license holder and activist Rickey Hendon when asked what he plans to do on Friday. “And then work on our location. My partners and I are looking at two places, and now that’ll accelerate.”

       

7 Comments
  1. - Al - Monday, May 23, 22 @ 3:27 pm:

    Surprised this Recreational Cannabis program has not been an issue in the campaigns so far.


  2. - Techie - Monday, May 23, 22 @ 3:49 pm:

    I’m glad that there is finally some action on this. Illinois has some of the highest prices for recreational cannabis in the country, and the lack of licenses for growers and dispensaries is a big part.

    The licenses for growers is probably more of a factor, but having more dispensaries should put some downward pressure on prices as well.

    Let’s hope that some of the licenses are actually going to minority-owned applicants.


  3. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Monday, May 23, 22 @ 4:23 pm:

    ==said dispensary license holder and activist Rickey Hendon==

    Lol, yeah that’s one way to describe him.


  4. - Chicagonk - Monday, May 23, 22 @ 5:04 pm:

    Justice delayed is justice denied.


  5. - low level - Monday, May 23, 22 @ 5:43 pm:

    Hollywood Hendon’s Herb…. Just a product idea.


  6. - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Monday, May 23, 22 @ 7:01 pm:

    ====said dispensary license holder and activist Rickey Hendon==

    I seem to best remember him as a State Senator.

    Kind of like I most remember Scott Drury as a prosecutor.


  7. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Monday, May 23, 22 @ 7:22 pm:

    == Kind of like I most remember Scott Drury as a prosecutor==

    That’s “former Federal Prosecutor” to you, pal.


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