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US (IL): Craft cannabis growers seek court order to get their licenses

Now the craft cannabis growers want their licenses too. An association of entrepreneurs applying for licenses to grow relatively small amounts of pot, infuse edibles and other products with cannabis extracts, or transport recreational cannabis in Illinois have filed suit asking the court to order the state to award the licenses.

The Illinois Craft Cannabis Association filed suit in Cook County this week, stating that the delay in awarding licenses is costing applicants millions of dollars to reserve property indefinitely without knowing if they’ll get licenses.

By state law, the licenses were supposed to be awarded by July 1. But Gov. J.B. Pritzker extended that deadline indefinitely due initially to the coronavirus pandemic, and now while a dispute rages over problems with the scoring of applications for retail store licenses.

The lawsuit claims that the governor’s executive order was improper because it didn’t identify a sufficient legal basis for the delay, and didn’t set a new deadline, as Pritzker’s order required.


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