US (IL): Court ruling clears way for 60 new cannabis grower licenses

Illinois has won a court order to award 60 new craft cannabis growing licenses, allowing a major expansion of the industry to newcomers. The development came as a judge lifted the injunction that had held up awarding the licenses until litigation was settled.

Sangamon County Judge Gail Noll restored the applications of 11 applicants who had sued, challenging their disqualifications by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The agency may now reconsider those applications, and is expected to rank all applicants to see who qualifies for a license. In case of a tie among top scorers, the department would hold a lottery to determine the winners.
 
The department issued a statement that it is evaluating the ruling “to determine the best way to move forward as quickly and efficiently as possible while maintaining our commitment to a fair and equitable licensing process.”

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