Ill. Pot Licensing Process Unconstitutional, Applicant Says

Law360 (November 18, 2020, 6:20 PM EST) — Illinois’ marijuana regulators are the target of yet another lawsuit over dispensary licenses, this one filed by a business that says it was unconstitutionally denied a score on its application and a chance to appeal regulators’ decision.

EDBQ LLC filed its suit in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, joining at least four other ongoing suits against the state over the rollout of licenses for its nascent recreational marijuana program.

EDBQ is a veteran- and minority-owned business that applied for a retail license under the state’s social equity guidelines, which gave additional points on applications from businesses owned by members of communities…

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