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Illinois to Accept Applications for Dispensing Organizations in December

by Faith Fidura October 11, 2019

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation will begin accepting applications for Conditional Adult-Use Dispensing Organization licenses to service the state's recreational marijuana market on December 10, 2019 through January 2, 2020. An Adult-Use Dispensing Organization license authorizes an organization to dispense marijuana to individuals 21 years and older for recreational use. IllinoisReleasesDispensaryApps

The Department will approve 75 conditional licenses by May 1, 2020. The purpose of this conditional license is to reduce the costs associated with entering the industry, and the application process gives preferential treatment towards social equity applicants. Additional points will be granted for diversity, diversity of ownership, diversity of workforce, and diversity of contractors hired.

Illinois residents can qualify as a social equity applicant if they meet one of the following three criteria:

  • Applicant with at least 51 percent ownership and control by one or more individuals who have resided for at least 5 of the preceding 10 years in a disproportionately impacted area.
  • Applicant with at least 51 percent ownership and control by one or more individuals who have been arrested for, convicted of, or adjudged to be a ward of the juvenile court for any offense that is eligible for expungement under this Act or member of an impacted family;
  • For applicants with a minimum of 10 full-time employees, an applicant with at least 51% of current employees who:
    • Currently reside in a Disproportionately Impacted Area; or
    • Have been arrested for, convicted of, or adjudged to be a ward of the juvenile court for any offense that is eligible for expungement under this Act or member of an impacted family.

The application for a Conditional Dispensing Organization License requires a nonrefundable application fee of $5,000. Once awarded a license, an annual registration/renewal fee of $60,000 is required. Applicants who are successful in receiving a license will have 180 days from the date of issuance to identify a physical location for the dispensing organization retail storefront when new entrants are allowed in the market.

Among other materials, the Illinois Conditional Adult-Use Dispensing Organization application requires the below plans to be submitted as part of your application:


Applying for a Illinois Conditional Adult-Use Dispensing Organization License?

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