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Cannabis industry insiders in Illinois are calling on state lawmakers to permit sure current medical marijuana dispensaries to relocate without losing the flexibility to add an adult-use gross sales license.
Under the present administration’s interpretation of Illinois’ marijuana regulation, relocation prevents medical cannabis dispensaries from additionally having a leisure license on the similar web site.
Former Illinois state senator Pam Althoff, who’s now government director of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois, instructed the Chicago Sun-Times that resolving the difficulty needs to be a precedence, and he or she identified a profit to state and native governments.
“Allowing dual licensees to move will not only increase tax revenues for the state and local municipalities but will permit the industry to hire more people and allow communities to maintain local control as to where in their community they wish these new cannabis operators to operate,” Althoff instructed the newspaper.
Pro-legalization lawmakers requested Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker final August to rethink the interpretation of the regulation.
A response letter from Pritzker, posted to Illinois political information web site Capitol Fax, stated the administration’s interpretation of the regulation was meant to “balance … early growth for existing medical dispensaries with our commitment to bringing in new applicants through the social equity program.”
Illinois state consultant Kelly Cassidy, a sponsor of the legalization regulation and a signatory of the letter to Pritzker, instructed the Sun-Times that it’ll take time to resolve the difficulty and famous that legislators may tackle it earlier than the following session begins in January.