Topic: Recreational Marijuana

IDFPR Tiebreaking Rules Are Finalized, Paving the Way to Issue Dispensary Licenses in Illinois

Good news for those awaiting the issuance of cannabis dispensary licenses by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR): the department’s tiebreaking rules are now finalized, which clears what seems to be the last remaining hurdle before issuance. As we discussed previously, the IDFPR’s emergency rules for breaking ties on applicant scoring expired before the department was able to issue licenses. Without a tiebreaking mechanism in place, the IDFPR has not issued any of the 75 new dispensary licenses.

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Arizona Group Files 420,000 Signatures Supporting Recreational Marijuana on November Ballot

Last week, Smart and Safe Arizona reportedly filed 420,000 signatures with the Arizona Secretary of State in an effort to legalize adult-use marijuana. The proposed measure would permit those 21 or older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis and cultivate up to six plants for non-commercial purposes at home, as well as allow for the expungement of certain marijuana convictions.

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Cannabis Employment Lessons from a Leading Industry Recruiter

Full disclosure: David Belsky is a personal friend (don’t hold it against him) and his company, FlowerHire, is a firm client. He is also one of the foremost authorities on placing talent in the regulated cannabis and hemp industries. Earlier this week, Forbes posted a great interview with Belsky that we highly recommend.

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You Won an Illinois Dispensary License, Now What?

In early January, Illinois received thousands of applications for adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses. Only 75 of those applications will be granted a license…eventually. Although the Illinois Cannabis Tax and Regulation Act (the Act) required the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to issue the licenses before May 1, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker and the IDFPR have delayed their issuance indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

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