Illinois holds lottery for pot dispensary licenses amid legal challenges to process – Courthouse News Service


WAH argued that due to this contradiction, the department’s scoring system is fundamentally unfair – just a clever way to get hopeful applicants to submit the $2,500 to $5,000 application fee without ever having any actual chance of approval.

“The only purpose the IDFPR had in not announcing that all scored exhibits would be scored on a binary basis was to conceal the inequity and unfairness this scoring process inherently would produce by making 252 points the only possible winning score,” the lawsuit states.

It’s an appraisal of the situation that Cook County Judge Moshe Jacobius at least partially agrees with. In a hearing on WAH’s case on Monday, he ordered that the applicant be included in Thursday’s lottery. He also rebuked the department’s characterization of veteran ownership as “optional” when it was a deciding factor for so many applicants.

During the hearing, Jacobius admitted that the implications of the WAH case mean that the entire licensure process may need to be reworked.

“We can’t predict the future. And counsel says that if you ultimately rule that the whole structure was improper, then the whole thing will have to be redone over again… But then, everybody then would be subject to just another application process or another lottery, who knows what,” the judge said Monday, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.

As part of his ruling on the case, Jacobius blocked the issuance of any new cannabis permits until after Sept. 1, despite allowing the lotteries to proceed.

The judge declined to offer further comment on the case directly.

The prospect of a new licensing process presented a moral dilemma for some of Thursday’s other applicants, particularly if a new process voided the old lotteries.

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