Illinois marijuana license finalists file lawsuit over second-chance applications

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Investors who won a chance for a license to sell recreational marijuana in Illinois have filed a lawsuit asserting it’s illegal to give other applicants a second chance.

The legal action sets up a potential court battle over when to hold a lottery to award 75 new retail licenses.

Three finalists filed a petition asking the Illinois Supreme Court to order that the licenses be awarded without recent changes to the application process they say were made because of “political expediency.”

Last month, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced new procedures that would allow applicants to correct any deficiencies in their applications and get rescored for a second chance at qualifying for the license lottery.

The lawsuit was filed Monday, as the Tribune first reported, by SB IL, Vertical Management and GRI Holdings IL, all limited liability corporations that received perfect scores on their applications.

They were among 21 businesses that qualified in September for the license lottery. They are suing Pritzker and officials from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which oversees the licensing of cannabis dispensaries. [Read more at Chicago Tribune]

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