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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Update on Medical Marijuana Applications

Last year, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.  That Act authorizes 22 cultivation centers (marijuana growing facilities) and 60 medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state of Illinois.  The deadline for applying for either of these licenses was September 22nd.  Based on numbers reported by the state, there are significantly more applicants than licenses.  You can read the report here.

Cultivation Center License Applications

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (the agency responsible for licensing cultivation centers) received 159 applications for the 22 available cultivation center licenses.  Each state of Illinois police district is allowed one cultivation center, and each of the districts received multiple applications.  For example, District 2, made up of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and McHenry counties received 9 applications for its one cultivation center license.  Police district 5, made up of Grundy, Kendall, and Will counties received 14, while police district 6, encompassing DeWitt, Livingston, and McLean counties received 10 applications.  Cook County received 9 applications, but gets 2 licenses because, well, it's Cook County (ok, it's really because Cook County has 2 police districts).

Dispensary Applications

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation received 214 dispensary applications for the 60 available dispensary licenses.  Only three districts received no applications for a dispensary - a second application round will be held in these three counties.  The highest number of applications were submitted in DuPage County (23 applications).  

Neither agency has provided a definitive date for issuing licenses.  

Patient Applications

The Illinois Department of Health is already accepting patient applications for anyone whose last name begins with A to L.  Applications for those with names starting with M to Z can submit applications beginning on November 1st.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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