CHICAGO – Laws supported by State Senator Celina Villanueva (D-Chicago) that addresses licensing points within the state’s adult-use hashish business was signed into legislation on Thursday.
“I’m pleased with the work the Black and Latino Caucuses did to make sure social fairness throughout the hashish business by the adjustments in Home Invoice 1443,” Villanueva stated. “I hope this transfer brings the wanted variety to the business in order that we are able to start to right the many years of hurt performed to our communities by the warfare on medicine.”
Home Invoice 1443 addresses problems with the launch of the Illinois Grownup-Use Hashish Social Fairness Program, which didn’t award the supposed quantity of social fairness candidates with licenses. As a result of delays introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic and a defective scoring system, solely 52 of 75 licenses had been issued. None of those licenses had been awarded to majority Black, Latino or women-owned companies.
The legislation creates a brand new lottery to difficulty 5 excellent medical hashish dispensary licenses, and two further lotteries of 55 leisure dispensary licenses every. It additionally fixes varied technical points with packaging, employment and medical affected person entry.
Public Act 102-98 is efficient instantly.