Based on a report from the Chicago Tribune, an Illinois judge has given a verdict that Governor J.B Pritzker’s move to postpone awarding forty craft marijuana growing licenses amid COVID-19 is legal.
The ICCA (Illinois Craft Cannabis Association) had claimed that the Pritzker’s decision broke the regulation prompting the licenses to be awarded by 1st July.
Judge Walker Allen ruled that the Governor’s first emergency order (citing coronavirus-related delays in applications review) was inadequate to postpone the granting of the permits according to the law.
Allan concluded that a separate executive order explaining the postponement was crucial since the pandemic had made agriculture representatives focus on the food supply chain. The Illinois Department Agriculture is in charge of marijuana licenses.
The agency has also postponed granting cannabis transporter and infuser licenses. It also stopped giving permits for seventy-five recreational dispensaries that were to be issued by May 1st according to law.
The Cook County Judge is due to tackle other concerns raised in the case early this year.
ICCA’s spokesman, Paul Magelli, asserted that the institution is planning on seeking an appeal.
Only twenty-one applicants got perfect scores to be eligible for a license. Some entailed affluent or politically connected proprietors, though the regulation was intended to motivate social equity owners from regions severely affected by the fight on drugs.
Other applicants argued that they were not informed about issues in their applications, as stated by law or that similar sections of disparate applications were differently scored.
To tackle these concerns, Pritzker’s administration is sending off deficiency notifications to enable applicants to rectify issues and be rescored. Officials haven’t mentioned when the process will end and when the new permits will be granted.
The recent ruling was the same as a Sangamon County court verdict during November that enabled the state to go on rescoring the dispensary permits.