Cannabis license lottery winners face supply chain challenges – Alton Telegraph

SPRINGFIELD — After more than a year of delays, 55 new cannabis dispensary licenses have been awarded in a lottery — but the winners may face further delays and challenges.

The winners were chosen from a pool of 626 applicants who scored 85% or greater on their applications. Since Illinois legalized recreational marijuana last year, only previously existing medical marijuana dispensaries have been allowed to also open retail shops.

A lack of cannabis flower could mean further delays for the new license holders who had to wait because of the pandemic and legal challenges to the application process.

Pam Althoff, executive director of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois, said the state will have to assist growers in any way it can.

“Its tremendously important for the Department of Ag to give everybody the availability to expand to their highest level so that we can get that raw material out so these products will meet the demand once these dispensaries come online,” Althoff said.

Another obstacle faces lottery winners. A Cook County judge issued

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Panel to explore ways to issue 2 pot permits – Arkansas Online

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SF city, county prep for cannabis dispensaries – Albuquerque Journal

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“It Feels Surreal:” Attendees And Dispensaries Fill Riverfront Park In First Niles Cannabis Festival – WVPE

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On July 31, Niles hosted its first ever recreational cannabis festival. And from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the city’s riverfront park was filled with dispensaries, vendors, live music and people.

The Niles Cannabis Festival had been in the works for several months. Attendees could browse cannabis products from seven dispensaries and even consume them on site in two specially designated areas.

 

The festival also featured live music and entertainment from five acts, 25 vendors, four food trucks, a gaming area, free water and a photo booth.

 

George Pitenturf is the head of purchasing at the ReLeaf Center, a medical and recreational dispensary in Niles. He came dressed for the occasion in a suit patterned with marijuana leaves, complete with a tie and matching sunglasses. He said it’s his way of networking.

 

“I didn’t sew it myself,” he said. “I want people to come up and talk to me. I want people to ask me questions about our dispensary and other people’s dispensaries.”

 

ReLeaf was selling a variety of cannabis products — including edibles, chocolates, gummies, cartridges and waxes — all grown and made in Michigan. 

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This California City Rejected Marijuana. Now Cannabis Is An Official Tourism Draw. – Forbes

This California City Rejected Marijuana. Now Cannabis Is An Official Tourism Draw.  Forbes

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