Zoning Issues for Illinois’s Craft Grow Businesses

UPDATE (2/11/2020): The Department of Agriculture recently released a Notice to Local Zoning Authorities, which provides zoning authorities with some guidance on how to complete Exhibit O of the craft grower license application. Per this notice, the zoning authority should check the second box, indicating that the craft grow applicant has come to them for their approval, “if the [...]

Illinois Releases Cannabis Applications for Craft Growers, Transporters, and Infusers

A week after recreational adult cannabis use became legal in Illinois, the state’s Department of Agriculture (“DOA”) released the much-anticipated craft grower, transporter, and infuser license applications for cannabis businesses. The DOA’s website contains information for those wanting to apply for these licenses, including forms and an FAQ page for each license. The DOA will begin accepting applications on [...]

Social Equity Status is All or Nothing, IDFPR Clarifies

(date: November 4th, 2019) The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the arm of the government in charge of licensing cannabis dispensaries, recently compiled and published their answers to the questions they have received about the application process. The law leaves many issues unresolved, and this resource clarifies a lot of them. One of the key parts [...]

Mayor Lightfoot Distributes Dispensaries with Proposed Zoning Regulations

(date: October 7th, 2019) With legal recreational marijuana on the horizon and dispensary applications recently released, business owners are scrambling to find an appropriate location. In September’s City Council meeting, Mayor Lori Lightfoot laid down a proposal that restricts where recreational cannabis dispensaries could operate in the city of Chicago: 500 feet from a school 1,500 feet from other [...]

Illinois’s Craft Growers Promote Small-Scale Cannabis Cultivation

(date: August 20, 2019) By July 2020, the Illinois Department of Agriculture will have issued the first craft grower licenses. To prevent large commercial growers from dominating the industry, the State will only issue one license per applicant. There are 40 licenses authorized in this first batch, with an additional 60 that will be authorized in December 2021. While [...]

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