≡ Menu

Chicago

Chicago and Cook County are a large, highly competitive market for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers.

This page contains all my blog articles covering the City of Chicago and Cook County.

A proposed zoning ordinance in Chicago would require dispensaries and cultivation centers to use an independent security contractor as a condition of the City’s special use permit for medical cannabis. The ordinance would also require marijuana businesses to conduct loading and unloading of cannabis product shipments in a secure area outside of public view.

Click to view the proposed ordinance: Amendment of Municipal Code Section 17-9-0129 regarding medical cannabis dispensing organizations and and cultivation centers.

Chicago Tribune: Round-the-clock security wanted for Chicago medical marijuana shops

Chicago Sun Times: Aldermen demand security and loading controls for medical pot

24-hour security required under Chicago dispensary ordinance

Home of the safest dispensaries in the world.

24-hour Private Security Protection

The proposed ordinance states:

Medical cannabis dispensing organizations and cultivation centers shall be required to maintain the services of an Illinois licensed private security contractor and maintain a private security contractor presence at their facilities 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

The transportation, loading, and unloading of any cannabis or cannabis-infused products shall be conducted under the supervision of an Illinois licensed private security contractor.

Unloading Outside of Public View

The proposed ordinance states:

The loading and unloading of any cannabis or cannabis infused products at medical cannabis dispensing organizations shall take place in a secure loading area and shall not be visible to the general public.  

Medical cannabis dispensing organizations shall not be maintained or operated in a manner that creates or allows the public viewing of cannabis, cannabis infused products, cannabis paraphernalia, or similar products from any sidewalk, or public or private right-of-way.

[Guest Post by Tactical Security]

Tactical Security: Illinois Licensed Private Security Contractor

With offices in Chicago and Waukegan, Lake County, Tactical Security is an Illinois licensed private security contractor focused on the medical cannabis industry. We already have a depth of experience with the new law and regulations, having recently written security plans for cultivation centers and dispensaries (see us featured in WBEZ’s article: Illinois begins accepting applications for marijuana businesses).

Tactical Security is an experienced team of law enforcement, military, and security professionals. We have been preparing to service the new medical cannabis industry for months already. Presently we are recruiting and training additional qualified personnel to meet Chicago dispensaries’ need for 24-hour protection. We’re also gearing up to provide on-site security for cultivation centers and dispensaries during their construction and build-out.

If you’re a prospective dispensary or cultivation center licensee in Chicago, we’d like to give a free initial consultation to begin exploring the details of a relationship that helps you obtain a special use permit and otherwise begin operating as quickly possible.

Contact Tactical Security at  (847) 263-1900.

www.TacticalSecure.com

Illinois’ Ag. Dept. and DFPR have announced the number of cultivation center and dispensary applications in each Illinois State Police District.

Click here for the agencies’ press release: Cultivation Center and Dispensary Applications Reported by District.

Number of applicants per district

Cultivation center applications per ISP district. Click to zoom.

Noteworthy cultivation center info

  • The three most competitive districts are near Chicago: 14 applications in District 5 (Grundy, Kendall, Will Counties), 13 applications in District 17 (Bureau, LaSalle, Putnam), 13 applications in District 1 (Carroll, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside Counties).
  • The three least competitive districts are sparsely populated and far from Chicago: three applications in District 19 (Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne, White Counties), three applications in District 14 (Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, Warren Counties), four applications in District 12 (Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion, Richland Counties).

Noteworthy dispensary info:

Some dispensary licensing districts received no applications or only one or two applications. In districts with only one application, the applicant could be a winner by default if DFPR determines it is qualified. Additionally, there are two licensing districts in Chicago that are allocated two licensees and which received only two applications, meaning both applicants could be winners by default if DFPR determines them qualified.

As for districts without applicants, the State’s press release says, “Following the completion of the initial dispensary and cultivation center selection process, the state will initiate a second application period for those districts where no qualified applications were submitted.” (emphasis added).

Some of the dispensary districts in and around Cook County get more than one licensee. See here for distribution of dispensaries in Chicago.

  • No applications in DeKalb County.
  • No applications in Ford, Iroqouis, or Kankakee Counties.
  • No applications in South Township (City of Chicago).
  • Only one application in Illinois State Police District 7, meaning the applicant could be winner by default if determined qualified by DFPR.
  • Only one application in Illinois State Police District 12, meaning the applicant could be winner by default if determined qualified by DFPR.
  • Only one application in Illinois State Police District 14, meaning the applicant could be winner by default if determined qualified by DFPR.
  • Only one application in Illinois State Police District 18, meaning the applicant could be winner by default if determined qualified by DFPR.
  • Only one application in Illinois State Police District 19, meaning the applicant could be winner by default if determined qualified by DFPR.
  • Only one application in Illinois State Police District 22, meaning the applicant could be winner by default if determined qualified by DFPR.
  • Only one application in Rogers Park Township (City of Chicago), meaning the applicant could be winner by default if determined qualified by DFPR.
  • Only two applications in Hyde Park Township (City of Chicago), which receives two licensees, meaning both applicants could be winners by default if determined qualified by DFPR.
  • Only two applications in Lake Township (City of Chicago), which receives two licensees, meaning both applicants could be winners by default if determined qualified by DFPR.

What’s Next = Job Creation

21 cultivation centers creating at least 25 jobs means 525 new jobs.

60 cultivation centers creating at least 8 jobs means 480 new jobs.

That’s more than 1000 new jobs.

If you are someone you know is interested in one of these jobs, I may be able to help. Please see the Jobs Page of this website. More information coming soon.

DFPR hiring Administrative Assistant for cannabis pilot program

The State of Illinois, through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR), is hiring an Administrative Assistant to help implement the new medical marijuana law. The position is in a Chicago, Cook County Office and pays $4,159.00 – $6,218.00 monthly. Requires four years of college; preference for applicants who demonstrate working knowledge of the medical cannabis pilot program. Applications are due Sept. 3.

See the job posting: Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR), Cook County, Administrative Assistant

(If the above link doesn’t work, search job postings on the Work 4 Illinois website for the word “cannabis.”)

Description of Duties: Under general direction, performs administrative functions for the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Section in accordance with the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act and the related rules and regulations; assists in the planning, directing and evaluating of section functions; provides coordinative assistance to management related to the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Section. Travels to various sites to attend meetings and conferences. Provides technical support to management staff. Assists with special projects; researches problems and conducts various studies.

Minimum Requirements: Requires knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to completion of four years of college, preferably with courses in public or business administration. Requires one year of professional experience in a public or private organization, or completion of an agency approved professional management training program. Prefers attention to detail, prompt responsiveness to inquiries and requests and a working knowledge of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, the policies and procedures of the Department and Division.

Town hall meetings for Illinois’ medical marijuana program concluded this week. Draft applications for cultivation centers and dispensaries were pensive subjects. Questions focused on cannabis packaging, edibles, infused products and fingerprinting.

Journal-Star says “more than 100 people” attended Monday’s forum at Peoria’s public library, and most of their questions sought clarification of regulatory rules and draft applications.

Disclose everything.

A takeaway theme from the Journal-Star is that applicants are better off disclosing more information than too little. If something is questionable, you should explain it. (This is intuitive, not surprising at all, to a highly qualified application writer who is passionate about Illinois medical cannabis law and regulations).

“We prefer more information than less,” [said Bob Morgan, an attorney for the Illinois Department of Public Health and the coordinator of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program]. “When there’s a question, we prefer more.”

“I would lean toward disclosure… If you don’t know whether to include something, go ahead and include it,” said Ray Watson, general counsel for the Illinois Department of Agriculture. 

Preference for Illinois residents?… Out-of-state experience?

The Journal-Star says lawyers wanted to know if preferential treatment would be given to in-state residents or organizations with cannabis experience in other regulated medical cannabis states.

Several attorneys who spoke referenced either out-of-state clients interested in expanding businesses from other medical marijuana states or home state clients wondering how they could compete against others who already had experience in the trade.

“We try to find an appropriate balance between encouraging those with experience versus those based in Illinois,” Morgan said. “We’re stuck trying to find the most qualified with a limited number of licenses.”

Unlike Colorado, Illinois law does not have an in-state residency requirement for ownership or participation in a licensed medical cannabis business. Regulations make clear that specialized experience related to cannabis medicine is desirable, but it’s difficult to demonstrate legal cannabis experience in Illinois without partnering with or otherwise employing out-of-state talent. A small preference for in-state residents manifests itself in the form of bonus points attainable by showing a company and owners have real ties to the state, such as organizational headquarters and residency.

Packaging of cannabis buds, edibles, infused products?

Chicago Tribune estimates “nearly 300 people” attended Wednesday’s town hall in Chicago. Associated Press says it was “attended by more than 500 people.”

Both newspapers say cannabis packaging at cultivation centers and dispensaries was a focal point of the audience:

Will retailers be able to open a package of marijuana to give customers a whiff?” (is the lead sentence of AP’s article).

“…A lot of people do like to see what they’re buying,” said Roeper, an attendee who asked whether dispensaries will be able to open marijuana packaging to let customers see and smell the product. Illinois requires medical cannabis to be kept in child resistant, light-resistant packaging.

Roeper didn’t get a direct answer, but was told the Illinois rules require that marijuana from an opened package must be disposed of within a week in a way that makes it unusable. Presumably, retailers could open samples for customers to see and smell, then destroy samples each week.

One cannabis packaging company in Illinois is already abreast of the regulations and is providing cultivation centers and dispensaries with help on the Product Safety & Labeling Plan part of their applications. Fisher Container Corp. of Buffalo Grove has a child-resistant, tamper-evident pouch called the MEDI-CRREO which is proving popular among cultivation centers because it is flexible, light-resistant, and tamper-evident. A clever pinch and zip design makes the pouch child-resistant.

Entities providing cultivation services to more than one organization?

According to Associated Press:

A master grower can work for multiple centers, with a caveat: The rules bar a single entity from winning permits for more than three cultivation centers and five dispensaries. If one master grower is named as a principal officer by numerous applicants, that could jeopardize the chances for any one of the applicants, Watson said.

“We’re trying to avoid concentration of permits in too few hands,” Watson said. “If someone is participating in 15 different applications, they may be affecting the ability of those who are applying.”

Avoiding Massachusetts’ problems

Associated Press again:

James Watts, of Firm Systems Fingerprinting, asked whether fingerprint-based background checks would reveal out-of-state convictions. He was told the current system does not, but that applicants will be required to disclose such convictions.

… And please, do disclose and be honest about everything. For you own sake, for the sake of other applicants, for the State of Illinois, for patients, and for the sake of making real social progress with cannabis issues. Illinois can’t afford to end up like Massachusetts.

Tactical Security LLC of Waukegan, is a locally-owned, Illinois-licensed private security agency that writes security plans for medical cannabis dispensaries, cultivation centers, and transportation. Since 2007, our team of experienced law enforcement and security professionals has been ensuring the safety of clients, currency and property throughout metro Chicago and Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Boone, Winnebago, Stephenson, and Jo Daviess Counties.

[Guest Post - Promotional Material]

Tactical Security plans are tailored to the unique needs of each facility

Tactical Security LLC provides comprehensive security planning for cultivation center and dispensary applicants. Our experienced law enforcement and security professionals have closely studied the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act and subsequent regulations administered by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR). We are more than prepared to meet and exceed the rigorous security requirements involved in protecting marijuana facilities and transporation.

cannabis security plan

Tactical Security plans for Illinois medical cannabis industry

And because Tactical Security has years of experience providing security in Illinois, we understand precisely what the State’s regulatory agencies are looking for in a successful application. We will reach for every possible point on the security plan part of your application. Our comprehensive services entail closely scrutinizing your facility design and advising how best to deploy all of the application’s required security measures. We will help you understand all of your options for video surveillance hardware, software, equipment, security vehicles, and service packages. And most importantly, we will deliver a sophisticated written security plan that is tailored to the exact specifications of your facility. This is what you must submit to the regulatory agency for ultimate review by Illinois State Police.

Tactical Security for cultivation centers

Our law enforcement and security professionals tailor security plans to fit all compliance requirements of a cultivation center facility as required by law and regulations. This includes:

  • Description of “enclosed locked facility” and the areas used to store or secure cannabis.
  • Employee management and oversight guidance.
  • Facility access controls.
  • Perimeter intrusion detection and alarm systems.
  • Personnel identification systems.
  • Electronic 24-hour surveillance system to monitor interior and exterior of facility, accessible in real-time to DFPR and authorized law enforcement officers.
  • Fully operational security alarm system.
  • Safe, vault, and other equipment guidance and acquisition.
  • Demonstration of ability to prevent theft and diversion.
  • Transportation plan including procedures for safely and securely delivering cannabis medicine and currency to registered dispensaries.

Tactical Security’s knowledge of Illinois terrain is critical to transportation plan

When it comes to transportation, Tactical Security has a fundamental understanding of Illinois that out-of-state contractors simply cannot provide. We know the streets, highways and backroads of Illinois and its cities. We know criminal methods and local high-risk areas, and we take proactive steps to foresee and avoid them.

Tactical Security supplies:

  • Vehicles that are ideal for transporting cannabis and currency.
  • Randomized transportation routes and schedules that avoid high risk times and areas.
  • Trained, experienced security personnel to drive the vehicle.
  • Equipment for secure communication between security vehicle and cultivation center.

Tactical Security for dispensaries

Our law enforcement and security professionals tailor security plans to fit all compliance requirements of a dispensary facility as required by law and regulations. This includes:

  • Cannabis transportation security

    Tactical Security’s MM Division protects dispensaries and cultivation centers.

    Smart, compliant designation between restricted access areas, limited access areas, and customer floor space.

  • Security measures to prevent entry into and theft from restricted access areas.
  • Smart locks, storage, safe and vault facilities and design.
  • Locked door or barrier between facility’s entrance and limited access area.
  • Plan for preventing individuals from remaining on premises if they are not permitted by law or regulation.
  • Development of policy for maximum capacity and patient flow in waiting room and patient care areas.
  • Perimeter alarm on all entry points and perimeter windows.
  • Failure notification system that provides an audible, text or visual notification of any failure in the surveillance system.
  • Duress alarm, panic button and alarm, holdup alarm or after hours intrusion detection alarm that will notify the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the law enforcement agency having primary jurisdiction.
  • Unobstructed video surveillance of all enclosed dispensary areas, including all points of entry and exit that shall be appropriate for the normal lighting conditions of the area under surveillance.
  • Unobstructed surveillance of outside areas.
  • 24-hour recordings from all video cameras.
  • Ability to remain operational during a power outage and ensure all access doors are not solely controlled by an electronic access panel to ensure that locks are not released during a power outage.
  • Plan for prohibiting accessibility of security measures including combination numbers, passwords or electronic or biometric security systems to persons other than specifically authorized agents.
  • Protocol for unloading shipments arriving from a cultivation center.
  • Sufficient lighting of outside perimeter to facilitate surveillance.
  • Ensuring that no trees, bushes and other foliage allow for a person to conceal themselves from sight.
  • Emergency policies and procedures for securing all product and currency following any instance of diversion, theft or loss of cannabis.

Tactical Security is an Illinois company employing American veterans

Implicit in the Ag Dept. and DFPR regulations is a concern for Illinois’ economy and environment. The regulations allow applicants to obtain bonus points by demonstrating a Community Benefits Plan, a Local Community/Neighborhood Report, and an Environmental Plan (Ag Dept Regulations Section 1000.110(c), DFPR Regulations Section 1290.70(d)). Your application writer may be able to reach for bonus points by demonstrating Tactical Security’s commitment to hiring Illinois residents and to sourcing security solutions that originate in Illinois. We are also passionate about taking care of our returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom are perfectly trained for protecting security transport vehicles containing cannabis and currency.

Contact Tactical Security LLC at are Waukegan, Illinois office: (847) 263-1900.

www.TacticalSecure.com

3C Compassionate Care is applying for cannabis dispensary permits in Naperville and Joliet, Illinois. Proprietors of the company are Hugo and Traci Fernandez, Kathy Tucker and Will County Circuit Judge Robert Livas. 3C Compasionate Care promises to deliver 25% of profits to charity and local communities.

3C Compassionate Care3C Compassionate Care has a website where you can learn about their plans to open dispensaries in Naperville and Joliet.

There is also an informative article from Chicago Tribune:

Hugo and Traci Fernandez have proposed a facility at 1701 Quincy Ave. drawing on their own personal experience with neurological conditions. They are hoping the state will grant them a license later this year.

The couple already runs both an Internet marketing agency and a nonprofit group, the United Paralysis Foundation. The latter stemmed from Traci Fernandez’s battle with transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder she contracted in 2008 that left her paralyzed. The foundation funds research for paralysis and spinal cord injuries.

 

3C Dispensary Naperville, Joliet

Meet 3C Compassionate Care’s executive team

3C Compassionate Care’s biographical information and credentials are displayed on their website. Hugo Fernandez is CEO, Kathy Tucker is COO, Traci Fernandez is Compliance Officer, and Judge Robert Livas is Security Officer.

The company expects to have such a successful business that it is promising 25% of profits away:

They are pledging 20 percent of the profits to their foundation and another 5 percent to the local communities where they run dispensaries. In addition to opening a Naperville dispensary, the company hopes to open one in Joliet.

The company’s planned location in Joliet is in the Rock Run Business Park.

Chicago City Council passed an amendment to the Municipal Zoning Code approving dispensaries for most business, commercial, mixed use, and downtown service districts and cultivation centers for manufacturing districts and Planned Manufacturing Districts. Both must obtain a Special Use Permit. Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Edward Burke claim credit for the ordinance.

Chicago needs tax revenue from cannabis

Signs throughout Chicago promote public works projects. Tax revenue from cannabis businesses could help.

Following a July 30 City Council meeting, Mayor Emanuel’s office said:

Dispensaries can be located in most business and commercial zoning districts and downtown service and mixed use districts as long as no residential units exist in the building. Dispensaries are banned from manufacturing districts, transportation corridors, and many areas that are zoned for a mix of homes and smaller businesses. 

Zoning for cultivation centers is modeled after zoning for urban farms and is limited to manufacturing districts or Planned Manufacturing Districts. Cultivation centers must be at least 2500 feet from any school, day care center, or dwelling unit. 

Both dispensaries and cultivation centers must obtain a Special Use Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, ensuring a transparent public process.

A Chicago Sun-Times article covers the legislative history of the zoning ordinance amendment:

The ordinance approved by the committee Tuesday is a big change from what Ald. Ed Burke (14th) had originally proposed — to confine dispensaries and marijuana growers to manufacturing districts near the airports and the Lake Calumet area because it seemed, initially, that there were few areas in the city that met the location requirements dictated by the state.

Burke told the committee that it was never the city’s intent to “restrict” access to medical marijuana.

“Under the state law, there was virtually no place in the city of Chicago where dispensaries and/or cultivation centers could be located” he said.

A map of Chicago zoning districts is available through the City’s Planning and Zoning Bureau.

Distribution of dispensaries across Chicagoland

Regulations soon to be published by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR) enable the agency to award dispensary permits in the following manner (Section 1290.20 of the regulations, “Dispensing Organization Districts”:

City of Chicago = 13 dispensary registrations

  • Jefferson Township = 2
  • Hyde Township = 2
  • Lake Township = 2
  • Lakeview Township = 2
  • North Township = 1
  • Rogers Park Township = 1
  • South Township = 1
  • West Township = 2

Cook County, outside City of Chicago = 11 dispensary registrations

  • Barrington, Hanover, Palatine = 1
  • Elk Grove, Schaumburg = 1
  • Maine, Wheeling = 1
  • New Trier, Northfield = 1
  • Evanston, Niles = 1
  • Leyden, Norwood Park, Proviso = 1
  • Berwyn, Cicero, Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside = 1
  • Lemont, Lyons, Palos = 1
  • Calumet, Stickney, Worth = 1
  • Bremen, Orland, Rich = 1
  • Bloom, Thornton = 1

Outside Cook County but still within Chicago metropolitan area = 14 dispensary registrations

  • DeKalb County = 1
  • DuPage County = 3
  • Grundy County, Kendall County = 1
  • Kane County = 2
  • Lake County = 3
  • McHenry County= 1
  • Will county = 3

Peru has three cannabis cultivation center applicants

At least three separate groups have asked Peru, Illinois Mayor Scott Harl for a letter of support to operate a medical cannabis cultivation center. Peru is in LaSalle County and within the television viewing market of several major Illinois population centers, including Chicago, Peoria, the Quad Cities, and Rockford.

Apparently Peru’s Mayor is reluctant to provide any applicant with a letter, but that doesn’t mean he objects to his city receiving the benefits of new enterprise.

According to an article in today’s Illinois Valley News Tribune:

The companies are assembling applications to the state this summer and wrote letters to Peru asking for recommendations, Harl told the City Council Monday.

While he has no objections to the business, Harl does not support providing letters of recommendation, he said.

“Personally, I don’t think we should do that,” Harl said, then adding: “I haven’t had any pushback from the community.”

The News Tribune article attributes a quote to Alderman Jim Lukosus:

“If somebody is going to benefit from the economic activity, which shouldn’t it be us?”

Alderman Mike Sapienza also made a point:

“If Bayer Aspirin wanted to move in we’d welcome them with open arms. It’s just another medication.”

Peru is in District 17.

Joliet City Council hearing dispensary special use permit

Prospective medical cannabis cultivation centers and dispensaries are approaching city councils, village boards of trustees, and county governments all over Illinois. This is necessary because the medical cannabis law requires cultivation centers to be 2500 feet away from residential zones and dispensaries to be located outside of residential zones (plus 1000 feet from schools and child care). In some cases zoning changes or assurances may be sought from the municipal government. And there are a lot of other reasons why it is important to be on good terms with local officials.

The last two weeks have brought a flurry of activity for municipal governments. For example, the City Council of Peoria is meeting tomorrow to consider granting a new type of special use permit for a dispensary operator.

According to MySuburbanLife.com:

“The dispensary would be at 1627 Rock Creek Blvd. in the Rock Run Business Park, near Houbolt Road and Interstate 80.

Fire Management Services needs the special-use permit in order to register with the Illinois Department of Financial Planning for a license to distribute medical marijuana. The developer has not yet selected an operator for the dispensary.”

The newspaper also says:

Marijuana at the facility would have a low THC content, and generally be distributed in pill, liquid or edible forms, according to Michael J. Martin, a Joliet attorney representing the developers.

What other cities and villages are thinking about medical cannabis? Belleville, Jacksonville, Chicago, Champaign, and Rockford, to name a few. And these are just the ones that local newspapers have covered. Obviously unreported conversations are happening everywhere. After 80 years of exile, cannabis is returning to the American pharmacopeia.

Joliet is in District 5.

Chicago’s plan for controlling the location of medical marijuana businesses would allow cultivation centers and dispensaries to be located only in areas zoned as manufacturing districts. The plan has the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chairman Ed Burke of the Department of Housing and Economic Development (HED).

If Chicago’s City Council approves the plan, prospective  dispensaries and cultivation centers will have to apply for special use permits through the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Prospective operators must locate in manufacturing zones, and they must reserve minimum parking space requirements based upon the size of their facilities. (Mayor’s office press release here).

The City’s Bureau of Planning and Zoning provides an excellent zoning map of Chicago where you can get information about potential facility locations. The text of Chicago’s Zoning and Land Use Ordinances are also available online.

Chicago’s proposed location restrictions are in addition to those already imposed by the State of Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. The law prohibits cultivation centers from being located within 2500 feet (a half mile) of schools, child care facilities, and areas zoned for residential use. The law also prohibits dispensaries from being located within 1000 feet of schools and child care facilities. These rules are applicable in the City of Chicago.

Plus there are two other huge restrictions imposed by law. First, there can be no more than one cultivation center in each state police district. The City of Chicago is itself a single State Police District, which means only one cultivation center can be located in Chicago. However, there is a bill in the legislature which would amend the law to allow a State Police District to have more than one cultivation center, but no more than two. These amendments have a good chance of passing because they have been attached to relatively uncontroversial  internet lottery legislation (SB 1955) which has already been approved by one chamber of the legislature.

Second, regarding dispensaries, the law requires that up to 60 of them be:

“Geographically dispersed throughout the state to allow all registered qualifying patients reasonable proximity and access to a dispensary.” Section 155(a).

Illinois is a relatively large state, and much of the southern 2/3 of it is rural. But assuming there is as much interest in the southern part of the state as there is in Chicago, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may be able to grant only so many dispensary registrations to operators in Chicago.

Are you planning a cultivation center or dispensary? Check out this new book: Illinois Medical Marijuana Law: A Practical Guide for Everyone. It’s a handy reference guide you should keep by your side over the coming months. Get a head start on the competition before the regulations come into effect. Kindle/tablet version also available.

%d bloggers like this: