Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker unveils a blueprint for recreational marijuana, lawsuits crop up in Florida around the state’s dispensary caps, a conference in Denmark highlights the growing international MJ space – plus other important news from around the cannabis industry.
Recreational marijuana plan for Land of Lincoln
The governor of Illinois revealed a plan to legalize a recreational marijuana industry in the state. It would impose limits on the number of licenses and the size of cultivation operations.
The proposal laid out by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and agreed to by state lawmakers would grant licenses for craft growers, processors, stores and transporters – with a limit on how many operations an individual interest could own.
The plan also reviewed tax requirements and a social equity provision.
The proposal faces opposition. And it would have to pass what could prove a rocky legislative process before becoming law.
MJBizDaily takeaway: If the plan were to become law, the license caps would give MJ businesses that secure adult-use licenses a decent opportunity for success in a state with nearly 13 million people.
Existing medical marijuana companies will get the first crack at recreational sales – with an option to add another retail license – so those companies would have an edge.
Legal brouhaha over Florida MMJ dispensary caps
Cannabis operators Curaleaf and Surterra Wellness filed administrative complaints in Florida alleging the state gave competitor Trulieve an unfair advantage by allowing it to open more dispensaries than the current statutory cap of 35.
Trulieve had filed a lawsuit challenging the cap and was given the go-ahead to expand to 49 dispensaries. Now, Curaleaf and Surterra want the same treatment.
MJBizDaily takeaway: “Unfortunately, the lesson that all businesses will take from these suits – as well as from other suits that are