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Old 01-21-2019, 05:58 AM #1
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Where to find current information and starting a growery/dispensary

Does anybody happen to know where are you could consistently find the most up-to-date information on what they’re coming up with for licensing on owning a dispensary or to be a grower for recreational in Illinois? I know everything is in the works right now but I would like to stay as up-to-date as possible.thanks for any help
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One would begin familiarization and understanding of the IL market, regulations, processes, and opportunities by first addressing medical, as adult use (cultivation and dispensary) will most likely closely mirror medical.

The draft adult use placeholder was filed the Thursday prior to Pitzker's inauguration, and that is what one (all) is waiting for to establish what the adult use will most likely look like.

That can be found here.

Sponsors and others have been addressing stakeholders seeking input, which of course prefers no additional licenses, and it seems more and more that is being realized as absurd, as existing are incapable of meeting medical demand , let alone adult use.

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We have a substantial amount of work in Illinois, and as of late, given how it is unfolding, are deciding it will be a state of great focus for us. (#2 adult use market in nation after CA until NJ, NY, FL come into play, and IL most likely going to be first, although NJ is pretty close as their currently doing multiple additional ATC RFA's and adult use proceeding fairly quickly. (They almost had it done last year/2018. Just sticking points between Murphy and the rest).

One thing (IL) is certain:
Lot of opportunity for skilled, sound, experienced groups (as most/the majority are not ),with their only strengths so far being to attempt to control competition through control of limited licenses. Once open competition comes into play, the majority of existing stakeholders are definitely going to feel the pinch.
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Advocates believe it’s an opportune time to propose legislation to legalize marijuana, with Democrats controlling the governor’s office and both legislative chambers.

Ammons has held her own meetings with stakeholders to craft her legislation, and said she isn’t trying to disrupt the Steans/Cassidy bill, but is trying to make sure that whatever bill is passed addresses damage done by imprisoning minorities at higher rates for drug offenses.

“The conversation needs to shift to how we’re going to address the disproportionate harm in our communities,” she said. “We want to make sure people who have been criminalized can become part of the economy.”

Steans and Cassidy still are negotiating with various parties such as other lawmakers, the governor’s office and law enforcement, and plan to introduce a bill by April.

“We’re working with a lot of organizations and the administration to do an updated draft of the bill,” Steans said. “It’s not going to pass before May. We may have several iterations to go to get a draft and negotiate again.”

As Michigan legalizes marijuana, the race is on with Illinois for 1st commercial sales in Midwest
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One obvious difference between their proposal and Ammons’ is that they would limit residents to five home-grown plants, rather than 24, citing concerns by police about home-grown plants contributing to a black market.
They also are not proposing consumption areas, due to problems seen elsewhere with odors and local opposition to marijuana “cafes.”

Like Ammons’ proposal, Steans and Cassidy would expunge certain nonviolent drug offenses, and encourage minority ownership of marijuana businesses and investment in minority communities.

As an indication of how various interests will fight over how to divvy up tax revenue from the new industry, Ammons’ bill would create a 10 percent excise tax on marijuana and send 30 percent of the proceeds to a state school fund; 50 percent to the General Fund; and 2.5 percent each to the State Employees Retirement Pension, Teachers Retirement System, State Universities Retirement System and to Illinois State Police, to hire and train drug enforcement officers.

Her bill would allow existing medical marijuana businesses to sell recreational pot as well, but she said the new program should include a majority of minority license holders. To prevent poorer entrepreneurs from being priced out, as with medical marijuana licenses, she would limit application and licensing fees to $5,000.

To present their proposals, both Ammons, and Steans and Cassidy, plan to hold town hall meetings on the issue before legislative hearings.

“It’s a big subject,” Ammons said. “We can’t rush it through.”

Opponents hope to make their voice heard at any upcoming hearings.

Brian Fengel, president of the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association, said his group members want to negotiate with legislators to minimize the danger from people driving while high, and they want funding to train local police on recognizing drugged driving.

In contrast to many black lawmakers, such as Ammons, the Illinois NAACP has been reported to oppose legalization.

Drugs have already done too much damage in minority communities, said Tim McAnarney, lobbyist for Healthy and Productive Illinois, a coalition of anti-marijuana organizations. “We don’t understand how putting more drugs into those communities is going to help them,” he said.

Decriminalization has already addressed overdue concerns about arrests for small amounts of marijuana, McAnarney said. He also supports new proposals to expunge past convictions as well.

If marijuana is legalized, the coalition hopes to at least eliminate home-grown pot, McAnarney said, because some of it will inevitably supply the black market. And the coalition adamantly opposes edible cannabis candies, soda pop and other treats that appeal to children.

Whatever legalization looks like, McAnarney said, it will never raise enough money for all the special interests fighting over a slice of the pie.

“There’s no amount of taxation,” he said, “that would raise enough money for all the people who think they’re going to benefit.”

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Good luck illinois. Looking like the little man might get fucked. You might not even get homegrows.

“I’m not certain there’s going to be any need for additional cultivation licenses,” says state Sen. Heather Steans, who is crafting the recreational bill along with state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a fellow Chicago Democrat. “We definitely don’t want an oversupply because we don’t want to encourage diversion” of marijuana across state lines to places where it remains illegal. Steans plans to commission a supply-and-demand study to determine how many licenses are needed.

Because we are going to be continuing to limit the number of licenses, you can get preferential treatment towards equity applicants," said Steans. "Giving additional points for diversity, diversity of ownership, diversity of the workforce, diversity of how you're spending your dollars on contractors and if you are a majority, if you're actually incubating and helping to grow an equity applicant."

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Before leaping into Illinois' emerging marijuana business, Archos was a restaurateur who still owns four Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe locations. "We've like being in heavily regulated markets (like Illinois) because it weeds out the competitors," he says...

Good luck to the land of lincoln. Get the lube ready.
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Say goodbye to rec home grows.

"It would allow households to grow up to five plants, but we are considering whether that should only be for medical patients at home. - Steans and Cassidy champaign town hall.
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Sorry I am not being provocative but it seems being ex LEO is one of the sure fire ways
Of getting licensed,,,,
Perverse but it seems that way ,,,s2
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The whole thing is sickening. They will still get to destroy peoples lives for growing a few plants at home while funneling people to their chosen few rec license holders who paid them off for the tax money. Legal in illinois is looking like a sick joke.
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One thing you can always count on in Illinois, if it's not illegal it soon will be. Land of Lincoln my ass, more like Land of Laws. Illinois is a nanny state always has been. I'm guessing they will not allow homegrown. Illinois will be the most unfriendly recreational state in the country. They will give people all the more reason to leave the state other than high taxes, toll roads and government corruption etc. Bye bye Illinois.
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The whole thing is sickening. They will still get to destroy peoples lives for growing a few plants at home while funneling people to their chosen few rec license holders who paid them off for the tax money. Legal in illinois is looking like a sick joke.
Sounds like business as usual in Illinois.
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