By Stephanie Malench, Reporter
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has approved the Collinsville and Springfield HCI Alternatives medical cannabis dispensaries “Same Site” adult use cannabis licenses during the week of November 25.
This brings the total number of dispensaries throughout the state of Illinois that can be open on January 1, 2020 when adult-use cannabis becomes legal to 29.
In addition to opening adult use dispensaries at the same site of their medical cannabis dispensaries, existing medical cannabis dispensaries are permitted under the law to open a second site for adult use sales at a different location All dispensaries must comply with local zoning rules or other local laws.
In preparation for the growing demands associated with adult-use cannabis, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has approved 14 cultivation centers throughout Illinois, including one in Litchfield. All 14 cultivation centers currently grow medical cannabis.
“The addition of two more [Carbondale and Oglesby] cultivation centers to grow for adult-use leaves seven early approval cultivation licenses available,” said Jeff Cox, IDOA Bureau Chief of Medicinal Plants. “The deadline for cultivation centers to apply to grow for adult-use is December 23rd, so we expect more licenses to be issued in coming weeks.”
Adult-use cannabis license applications for craft growers, infusers and transporters will be available through the IDOA beginning on January 7, 202 with an application deadline of March 15, 2020.
Starting January 1, 2020, the law permits Illinois residents who are at least 21 years old to legally possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, and up to 500 milligrams of THC in a cannabis-infused product.