Facing backlash, state changes process for marijuana licensesPosted by On

Toi Hutchinson, lead marijuana advisor to Gov. J.B. Pritzker and former state senator, speaks at a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 22 about changes to the licensing process for marijuana dispensaries. (Blueroomstream.com)

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced changes to the licensing process for marijuana dispensaries Monday, Sept. 21 after weeks of criticism from activists, lawmakers and applicants who were initially denied for the first round of 75 licenses.

Now, failed applicants will have an opportunity to amend their applications and receive more information as to why they were denied points in the scoring process.

In a news release Sept. 21, Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said they came to the decision after a “careful examination” based on “feedback from community leaders and stakeholders.”

The change allows denied applicants to resubmit their applications or have them rescored after receiving a…

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