In The Weeds – Cannabis Law

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Michael is a contributor to In the Weeds, a blog that aims to help keep today’s cannabis entrepreneur well informed.

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  • Similar to the IDFPR, the Illinois DOA Offers Relief to Social Equity Craft Grow, Infuser and Transporter Applicants that Hired 10 Full-Time Employees In Illinois, many new craft grower, infuser and transporter licenses were supposed to be issued by the Department of Agriculture on July 1, 2020. But, because of COVID-19, the issuance of those licenses has been delayed until possibly September 2020. The exact date remains uncertain. Many potential applicants intended to qualify as a Social Equity Applicant by hiring a certain number of qualifying employees. One way to qualify as a Social Equity Applicant in Illinois is to hire a minimum of... More
  • Illinois Offers Relief to Social Equity Dispensary Applicants that Hired 10 Full-Time Employees In Illinois, 75 new adult use dispensary licenses were scheduled to be awarded on May 1, 2020. But, because of COVID-19, those licenses have been delayed by Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-34 for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations or until the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announces a new date. Recently, the IDFPR offered relief to applicants that intended to qualify as a Social Equity Applicant by hiring a certain number of qualifying employees. One way to... More
  • Illinois Craft Grower, Infuser and Transporter Applications are Now Due April 30, 2020 On March 28th, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an Executive Order extending the deadline for submitting applications for adult use Craft Grower, Infuser and Transporter licenses until April 30, 2020 and directing all applications to be submitted via certified mail. Applications delivered in person or sent via FedEx or UPS will not be accepted. Additional details are available at the Department of Agriculture’s website.... More
  • Illinois Cannabis Applications Get Two-Week Extension; Don’t Misrepresent Social Equity Status Illinois Craft Grower, Infuser and Transporter Applications are Now Due March 30, 2020  On March 12th, due to concerns about COVID-19, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an Executive Order extending the deadline for submitting applications for adult use Craft Grower, Infuser and Transporter licenses by two weeks, until March 30, 2020. The Executive Order also directed all applications to be submitted via USPS certified mail. Applications delivered in person or sent via FedEx or UPS will not be accepted. Ohio Company Accused... More
  • Cannabis Data Breach A significant data breach involving software that is widely used by cannabis dispensaries spotlights the industry’s critical need to secure its customers’ personally identifiable information. THSuites, which makes point-of-sale and management software used by dispensaries across the country, recently experienced a vulnerability that exposed customers’ full names, dates of birth, phone numbers, emails, addresses, signatures, cannabis varieties and quantities purchased, amount of money spent and transaction dates. An estimated 85,000 files were exposed. As the industry continues to grow, cannabis companies must focus on data security and ensure that their information security... More
  • Illinois Social Equity / Disproportionately Impacted Areas map Illinois released its Disproportionately Impacted Areas map. Applicants for the new adult use cannabis licenses gain a significant advantage if they have resided in these locations for 5 of the last 10 years.  https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=20661 Copyright: epicstockmedia / 123RF Stock Photo... More
  • Illinois Adult-Use / Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries – Coming January 1, 2020 On June 25, 2019, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker made good on his campaign promise to sign an adult-use marijuana law. Pursuant to the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the “Adult-Use Cannabis Act”), adult-use (i.e., recreational) marijuana will be legal and available starting January 1, 2020. The Adult-Use Cannabis Act is 610-pages, and this article briefly focuses on the dispensaries.[1] For a more comprehensive analysis of all 610 pages, Bill Bogot and Donna More from our firm put together a Cannabis... More
  • Illinois Recreational Marijuana J.B. Pritzker (Democrat) won the election for Governor of Illinois and will be sworn into office in January 2019. Based on Governor-elect Pritzker’s statements on the campaign trail and the current acquisition market in Illinois, the cannabis industry appears to believe that legalized adult use recreational marijuana is a foregone conclusion and that Pritzker will sign a marijuana legalization bill shortly after taking office, which will legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois. Pritzker has stated that adult use recreational cannabis could generate... More
  • Proposed Illinois Legislation to Legalize Cannabis for Recreational Purposes Copyright: atomazul / 123RF Stock Photo Despite uncertainty concerning the Trump Administration’s stance on recreational cannabis and its willingness to adhere to the Cole Memorandum, legislation was recently introduced in Illinois to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes (medical cannabis is already legal in Illinois). Senate Bill 316 and House Bill 2353 would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, cultivate, sell, purchase, and consume limited amounts of cannabis.[1] The bills were sponsored by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and... More
  • As Uncertainty Looms, Senators Urge Trump Administration to Continue Adhering to the Cole Memorandum Michael Neville writes: Copyright: pigprox / 123RF Stock Photo On February 23, 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated that the public may see “greater enforcement” of federal cannabis laws and that the Trump Administrations sees a “big difference” between medical cannabis and recreational cannabis. Mr. Spicer’s comments have understandably caused great concern throughout the cannabis industry, and a group of 11 U.S. Senators[1] recently sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that Mr. Sessions and the Department of... More