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Next round of cannabis dispensary licenses delayed because of pandemic


CHICAGO (WEEK) - Those who applied for cannabis dispensary licenses will have to wait a little longer before they roll out.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation(IDFPR) said the governor plans to sign an executive order suspending the May 1st deadline for the new licenses.

On May 1st, up to 75 Conditional Adult Use Cannabis Dispensing licenses were to be announced.

The senior advisor for cannabis control to the governor, Toi Hutchison, said "The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays in the application review process. This executive order will help ensure that we continue to build out this industry in a deliberate and equity-centric manner.”

The IDFPR said they will publicly announce a new date as soon as it's feasible.

Molly Jirasek

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