420 with CNW – Illinois Social Equity Applicants Want Marijuana License Lottery Delayed

September 14, 2020 03:25:38

It is widely known that the decades’ long war on drugs wreaked havoc on certain communities. In fact, when advocates started pushing for the decriminalization of marijuana way back, one of their biggest objectives was to help communities that had been adversely affected by the war on drugs. For most states that legalized cannabis, that included granting more cannabis dispensary licenses to minorities that qualified for social equity as well as expunging the records of those with marijuana-related charges.

Illinois’ legal cannabis program was no different. The state’s recreational cannabis law required that people with low-level marijuana convictions have their records cleared and minorities that had been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs were to be given special consideration in regards to cannabis dispensary licenses. However, months after Illinois legalized recreational cannabis, some social equity applicants say the state…


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