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The first dispensaries in Illinois might not launch until well into next year, months later than many entrepreneurs envisioned after the state passed its medical marijuana law in 2013. “It’s going to be spring or early next summer before patients have access to this medicine,” Ali Nagib of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) told a local TV station. At this point, it appears that the first crop of cannabis businesses in the state will receive licenses in the fall or even winter. It will then take several more months for cultivators to produce the first harvest. The state did not set an initial timeline for when dispensaries would open. Nagib said it became clear shortly after the law passed that dispensaries might not be able to open until 2015. But many observers still expected dispensaries to be up and running in Illinois sometime this year, even though it often takes longer than expected to get a regulatory framework in place. Illinois has released draft rules (and already revised them) covering the industry and is now holding public hearings to discuss the proposed regulations. It will accept written comments through June 2. Once it gets feedback from the public, officials must hammer out final rules and then launch the application process for business licenses, which will likely occur later this year. That process – including the vetting of applicants – could take several months to play out. Illinois will license up to 60 dispensaries and 21...
Not one business submitted its preliminary review form to the Clark County Department of Business on Wednesday, which is when the office began accepting applications for dispensary and cultivation licenses. The deadline to submit 12 copies of the form - which must include a business plan, financial statements and an FBI-approved background check for each business owner – is 3 p.m. on April 22.
There are 10 dispensary licenses currently up for grabs in unincorporated Clark County, though there are no caps on the number of cultivation facilities. Those 10 dispensary licenses do not cover cities such as Las Vegas, where local lawmakers are drafting medical marijuana regulations of their own and hope to finish by early summer.
Al Marquis, a lawyer who is working with several businesses, said entrepreneurs are struggling to get their paperwork in order due to the short window to apply. Clark County announced its application process on March 19.
After filing the preliminary review form, businesses must then submit an application for a special use permit on May 2. That application must show that the business does not violate zoning or land use rules. Each application also carries a nonrefundable $5,000 fee.
Local officials have not provided a date for when they will name the winners.
At least four state legislatures will consider replacing marijuana prohibition with regulation On Election Day, voters in the states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for adult marijuana use and regulate the substance in a manner similar to alcohol. State legislators from Rhode Island and Maine on Thursday will join the Marijuana Policy Project on a teleconference press call to announce that they are introducing similar bills to tax and regulate marijuana in their state legislatures. Joining on the call will be Rhode Island Rep. Edith Ajello (D-District 3, Providence) and Maine Rep. Diane Russell (D-District 120, Portland). Both of these lawmakers have supported marijuana reform legislation in previous sessions. The Rhode Island Legislature passed medical marijuana legislation earlier this year. Robert Capecchi, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, will be introducing the representatives and moderating the call. In addition to Rhode Island and Maine, similar proposals will be submitted in at least two other states -- Vermont and Massachusetts. "Last week, Washington and Colorado replaced their states' prohibitions on marijuana with a system of regulation and taxation," Capecchi said. "Both measures passed with roughly 55 percent voting in favor. "Gallup found 50 percent support for making marijuana legal last year, and that support has risen over the years," Capecchi said. "We are passing the tipping point when it comes to this issue. "Unfortunately, lawmakers have traditionally been behind public opinion when it comes to marijuana policy reform," Capecchi said. "With these...