(410 ILCS 705/15-25)
    Sec. 15-25. Awarding of Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses prior to January 1, 2021.
    (a) The Department shall issue up to 75 Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses before May 1, 2020.
    (b) The Department shall make the application for a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License available no later than October 1, 2019 and shall accept applications no later than January 1, 2020.
    (c) To ensure the geographic dispersion of Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License holders, the following number of licenses shall be awarded in each BLS Region as determined by each region's percentage of the State's population:
        (1) Bloomington: 1
        (2) Cape Girardeau: 1
        (3) Carbondale-Marion: 1
        (4) Champaign-Urbana: 1
        (5) Chicago-Naperville-Elgin: 47
        (6) Danville: 1
        (7) Davenport-Moline-Rock Island: 1
        (8) Decatur: 1
        (9) Kankakee: 1
        (10) Peoria: 3
        (11) Rockford: 2
        (12) St. Louis: 4
        (13) Springfield: 1
        (14) Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan: 3
        (15) West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan: 3
        (16) East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan: 2
        (17) South Illinois nonmetropolitan: 2
    (d) An applicant seeking issuance of a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License shall submit an application on forms provided by the Department. An applicant must meet the following requirements:
        (1) Payment of a nonrefundable application fee of
    
$5,000 for each license for which the applicant is applying, which shall be deposited into the Cannabis Regulation Fund;
        (2) Certification that the applicant will comply with
    
the requirements contained in this Act;
        (3) The legal name of the proposed dispensing
    
organization;
        (4) A statement that the dispensing organization
    
agrees to respond to the Department's supplemental requests for information;
        (5) From each principal officer, a statement
    
indicating whether that person:
            (A) has previously held or currently holds an
        
ownership interest in a cannabis business establishment in Illinois; or
            (B) has held an ownership interest in a
        
dispensing organization or its equivalent in another state or territory of the United States that had the dispensing organization registration or license suspended, revoked, placed on probationary status, or subjected to other disciplinary action;
        (6) Disclosure of whether any principal officer has
    
ever filed for bankruptcy or defaulted on spousal support or child support obligation;
        (7) A resume for each principal officer, including
    
whether that person has an academic degree, certification, or relevant experience with a cannabis business establishment or in a related industry;
        (8) A description of the training and education that
    
will be provided to dispensing organization agents;
        (9) A copy of the proposed operating bylaws;
        (10) A copy of the proposed business plan that
    
complies with the requirements in this Act, including, at a minimum, the following:
            (A) A description of services to be offered; and
            (B) A description of the process of dispensing
        
cannabis;
        (11) A copy of the proposed security plan that
    
complies with the requirements in this Article, including:
            (A) The process or controls that will be
        
implemented to monitor the dispensary, secure the premises, agents, and currency, and prevent the diversion, theft, or loss of cannabis; and
            (B) The process to ensure that access to the
        
restricted access areas is restricted to, registered agents, service professionals, transporting organization agents, Department inspectors, and security personnel;
        (12) A proposed inventory control plan that complies
    
with this Section;
        (13) A proposed floor plan, a square footage
    
estimate, and a description of proposed security devices, including, without limitation, cameras, motion detectors, servers, video storage capabilities, and alarm service providers;
        (14) The name, address, social security number, and
    
date of birth of each principal officer and board member of the dispensing organization; each of those individuals shall be at least 21 years of age;
        (15) Evidence of the applicant's status as a Social
    
Equity Applicant, if applicable, and whether a Social Equity Applicant plans to apply for a loan or grant issued by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
        (16) The address, telephone number, and email address
    
of the applicant's principal place of business, if applicable. A post office box is not permitted;
        (17) Written summaries of any information regarding
    
instances in which a business or not-for-profit that a prospective board member previously managed or served on were fined or censured, or any instances in which a business or not-for-profit that a prospective board member previously managed or served on had its registration suspended or revoked in any administrative or judicial proceeding;
        (18) A plan for community engagement;
        (19) Procedures to ensure accurate recordkeeping and
    
security measures that are in accordance with this Article and Department rules;
        (20) The estimated volume of cannabis it plans to
    
store at the dispensary;
        (21) A description of the features that will provide
    
accessibility to purchasers as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act;
        (22) A detailed description of air treatment systems
    
that will be installed to reduce odors;
        (23) A reasonable assurance that the issuance of a
    
license will not have a detrimental impact on the community in which the applicant wishes to locate;
        (24) The dated signature of each principal officer;
        (25) A description of the enclosed, locked facility
    
where cannabis will be stored by the dispensing organization;
        (26) Signed statements from each dispensing
    
organization agent stating that he or she will not divert cannabis;
        (27) The number of licenses it is applying for in
    
each BLS Region;
        (28) A diversity plan that includes a narrative of at
    
least 2,500 words that establishes a goal of diversity in ownership, management, employment, and contracting to ensure that diverse participants and groups are afforded equality of opportunity;
        (29) A contract with a private security contractor
    
that is licensed under Section 10-5 of the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004 in order for the dispensary to have adequate security at its facility; and
        (30) Other information deemed necessary by the
    
Illinois Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer to conduct the disparity and availability study referenced in subsection (e) of Section 5-45.
    (e) An applicant who receives a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License under this Section has 180 days from the date of award to identify a physical location for the dispensing organization retail storefront. Before a conditional licensee receives an authorization to build out the dispensing organization from the Department, the Department shall inspect the physical space selected by the conditional licensee. The Department shall verify the site is suitable for public access, the layout promotes the safe dispensing of cannabis, the location is sufficient in size, power allocation, lighting, parking, handicapped accessible parking spaces, accessible entry and exits as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, product handling, and storage. The applicant shall also provide a statement of reasonable assurance that the issuance of a license will not have a detrimental impact on the community. The applicant shall also provide evidence that the location is not within 1,500 feet of an existing dispensing organization. If an applicant is unable to find a suitable physical address in the opinion of the Department within 180 days of the issuance of the Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License, the Department may extend the period for finding a physical address another 180 days if the Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License holder demonstrates concrete attempts to secure a location and a hardship. If the Department denies the extension or the Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License holder is unable to find a location or become operational within 360 days of being awarded a conditional license, the Department shall rescind the conditional license and award it to the next highest scoring applicant in the BLS Region for which the license was assigned, provided the applicant receiving the license: (i) confirms a continued interest in operating a dispensing organization; (ii) can provide evidence that the applicant continues to meet all requirements for holding a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License set forth in this Act; and (iii) has not otherwise become ineligible to be awarded a dispensing organization license. If the new awardee is unable to accept the Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License, the Department shall award the Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License to the next highest scoring applicant in the same manner. The new awardee shall be subject to the same required deadlines as provided in this subsection.
    (e-5) If, within 180 days of being awarded a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License, a dispensing organization is unable to find a location within the BLS Region in which it was awarded a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License because no jurisdiction within the BLS Region allows for the operation of an Adult Use Dispensing Organization, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may authorize the Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License holder to transfer its license to a BLS Region specified by the Department.
    (f) A dispensing organization that is awarded a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License pursuant to the criteria in Section 15-30 shall not purchase, possess, sell, or dispense cannabis or cannabis-infused products until the person has received an Adult Use Dispensing Organization License issued by the Department pursuant to Section 15-36 of this Act.
    (g) The Department shall conduct a background check of the prospective organization agents in order to carry out this Article. The Department of State Police shall charge the applicant a fee for conducting the criminal history record check, which shall be deposited into the State Police Services Fund and shall not exceed the actual cost of the record check. Each person applying as a dispensing organization agent shall submit a full set of fingerprints to the Department of State Police for the purpose of obtaining a State and federal criminal records check. These fingerprints shall be checked against the fingerprint records now and hereafter, to the extent allowed by law, filed in the Department of State Police and Federal Bureau of Identification criminal history records databases. The Department of State Police shall furnish, following positive identification, all Illinois conviction information to the Department.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19; 101-593, eff. 12-4-19.)