Illinois Medical Marijuana License

Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Illinois lawmakers became the first to legalize the adult (21 and over) use of cannabis through legislation, rather than ballot initiative. The law was enacted on Jan. 1, 2020, with licensed sellers providing the herb at the retail level.

The law allows Illinois residents age 21 and over to purchase up to one ounce of flower (dried herb) and up to five grams of cannabis concentrate (such as hashish or tincture). Illinois visitors are able to possess half those amounts. The law allows adults to consume cannabis either in their homes or at certain approved establishments. Businesses and landlords have the right to refuse its use on their properties.

Illinois Medical Cannabis Applications

Timeline

WAVE 1

  • Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
    • May 1, 2020: The agency awards licenses for up to 75 new dispensing organizations
  • Department of Agriculture
    • July 1, 2020: The agency awards up to 40 licenses for infusers, up to 40 licenses for craft growers, and licenses for transporting organizations.

WAVE 2

  • Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
    • December 21, 2021: The agency awards up to 110 licenses for new dispensing organizations
  • Department of Agriculture
    • December 21, 2021: The agency awards up to 60 additional licenses for craft growers, up to 60 licenses for infusers, and licenses for transporting organizations.

Licensing costs for new entrants to the market

  • Craft growers
    • Non-refundable application fee $5,000
    • License fee $40,000
  • Infusers
    • Non-refundable application fee $5,000
    • License fee $5,000
  • Transporting organizations
    • Non-refundable application fee $5,000
    • License fee $10,000
  • Dispensing organizations
    • Non-refundable application fee $5,000
    • License fee $60,000

The results of this application process have been significantly delayed.

In the near future, there will be an open application process for Marijuana Business Licenses in Illinois. Now is the time to get started with your business plan. You can provide your information here to receive notification updates related to Illinois cannabis matters. You can schedule a consultation to further discuss your options here.

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