SPRINGFIELD — A Sangamon County court Thursday denied a restraining order requested by cannabis dispensary license finalists in an attempt to stop the state from rescoring the applications of losing applicants.
In early September, Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration revealed after months of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic that just 21 firms out of over 900 applicants qualified for the first round of 75 “social equity licenses” for marijuana dispensaries. These licenses were earmarked for dispensaries expected to improve the economic conditions of communities harmed by the war on drugs. Later that month, Pritzker announced that rejected marijuana dispensary applicants would have another chance to amend their submissions before the licenses were awarded.
Some firms originally selected as finalists criticized the governor for the decision, accusing him of caving to political pressure. Three firms sued the administration in an attempt to stop the re-evaluation, first…
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