CHICAGO — A federal lawsuit filed by two companies over Illinois’ handling of marijuana licenses could be dropped if the state agrees to certain changes to the licensing process, officials familiar with the matter said Sunday.
The state previously announced 21 of 700 “social equity” applicants will proceed to a state lottery for 75 available marijuana licences later this month.
These “social equity” licenses are meant to benefit individuals from under-developed communities impacted the most by the war on drugs.
“The Illinois legislature with the governor’s support felt it was a good idea to legalize marijuana to eliminate some of the disparities and give people a chance at an economy that will allow them to have a business in Illinois selling cannabis,” Illinois state Representative La Shawn Ford said.
However, Ford and some social equity applicants are alleging those selected for the lottery are “politically-connected insider companies.”…