SPRINGFIELD — Some lawmakers and stakeholders are asking Gov. J.B. Pritzker to hold off awarding 75 marijuana dispensary licenses amid concerns that just 21 applicants qualified for the first round of licenses.
Applicants for licenses were graded on a 250-point scale established by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to determine which firm receives a license. The applications were scored by an unaffiliated third party, KPMG, a private auditing firm. KPMG was paid $4.2 million by the state to grade the applications, a process that was delayed by five months amid the coronavirus pandemic.