Illinois announces the initial 2020 round of Adult Use Cannabis Dispensary applications and the map showing regions where the marijuana dispensaries will go.

The application forms for Illinois adult use cannabis dispensaries are now available through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for the first round of cannabis dispensaries that will be issued licenses by May 1, 2020. The Department will be accepting cannabis dispensary license applications starting on December 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. through noon on January 2, 2020 (if you’re in line at that time, they’ll take your application).

Here’s how the map for the Bureau of Labor Statistics breakdown for where the cannabis dispensary licenses (those in addition to the medical cannabis dispensaries that exist and may be converting to adult use cannabis dispensaries) will get awarded:

Illinois Cannabis Dispensary map of areas where marijuana retailers will go

Illinois Cannabis Dispensary map of areas where marijuana retailers will go based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

In case you’re wondering about how that might pan out by population, here’s a link to the population of Illinois’s counties.

Also, the social equity portion of the adult-use cannabis laws under Illinois’s Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act creates opportunities for those in areas disproportionately impacted by the criminalization of cannabis and the Department has provided a map of those areas – you can find that map here.

For the adult use cannabis dispensary programs, you can find the applications here.

The information provided by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation through the website includes a List of Adult Use Cannabis Dispensaries; a list of Early Approval Adult Use Licenses for Existing Dispensing Organizations; the application for Adult Use License for New Dispensing Organizations; valuable Information for Purchasers; good Information for Dispensary Agents; Information for Responsible Vendor Training Organizations; and a list and links to the Laws and Rules.

For those looking for the medical dispensary programs, you can find the applications here.

Applications for craft grow, infuser, and transportation licenses will be made available from the Department of Agriculture on or before January 7, 2020.

Ashley Brandt

Hi there! I’m happy you’re here. My name is Ashley Brandt and I’m an attorney in Chicago representing clients in the Food and Beverage, Advertising, Media, and Real Estate industries. A while back I kept getting calls and questions from industry professionals and attorneys looking for advice and information on a fun and unique area of law that I’m lucky enough to practice in. These calls represented a serious lack of, and need for, some answers, news, and information on the legal aspects of marketing and media. I've got this deep seeded belief that information should be readily available and that the greatest benefit from the information age is open access to knowledge... so ... this blog seemed like the best way to accomplish that. I enjoy being an attorney and it’s given me some amazing opportunities, wonderful experiences, and an appreciation and love for this work. I live in Chicago and work at an exceptional law firm, Goldstein & McClintock, with some truly brilliant people. Feel free to contact me at any time with any issues, comments, concerns… frankly, after reading this far, I hope you take the time to at least let me know what you think about the blog and how I can make it a better resource.

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