The second lottery is reserved for equity applicants who have or whose family members have, a past marijuana conviction, or who have lived in a “disproportionately impacted area” for at least 10 years.
The bill seeks to increase diversity in the marijuana industry by awarding new dispensary licenses.
Despite the enactment of adult use legalization with parental protections in place, consumers are still facing discrimination for legal marijuana use in court.
“Statewide, Illinoisans hold hundreds of thousands of low-level cannabis-related records, a burden disproportionately shouldered by communities of color.”
Sales of adult-use cannabis products in Illinois rose over 20 percent in July to reach a record high.
Adults will be able to purchase cannabis from select retailers beginning Wednesday, January 1.
City governments across Illinois are embracing common sense changes to local marijuana policy.
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation into law amending the state’s marijuana possession penalties.