Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at a news conference Sept. 22, about changes to the licensing process for marijuana dispensaries.
SPRINGFIELD — Failed applicants for a marijuana dispensary license will have an opportunity to amend their applications and receive more information as to why they were denied points in the scoring process.
In a news release on Sept. 21, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said they came to the decision after a “careful examination” based on “feedback from community leaders and stakeholders.”
The change allows denied applicants to resubmit their applications or have them rescored after receiving a “supplemental deficiency notice” that tells them which specific portions of their application lost points and prevented them from reaching the 252-point perfect score needed to enter the lottery to distribute licenses.
Those receiving a perfect score after this process takes place would be added to the lottery for the first 75 licenses.
An applicant may not, however, change the owners or makeup of its ownership group on resubmitted applications. Officials said the process allowing for rescoring could be wrapped up “this fall.”
The announcement of changes comes after just 21 of more than 900 applicants received perfect scores in the first round of grading by an outside company. That meant no other applicants would be eligible for any of the 75 licenses granted in the first wave of the new program, which sparked an immediate backlash from lawmakers, applicants and activists.
The outside professional services and auditing firm conducting the first round of grading was KPMG and they will once again be grading the rescored applications,