(410 ILCS 705/40-5)
    Sec. 40-5. Issuance of licenses.
    (a) The Department shall issue transporting licenses through a process provided for in this Article no later than July 1, 2020.
    (b) The Department shall make the application for transporting organization licenses available on January 7, 2020 and shall receive such applications no later than March 15, 2020.
    (c) Entities awarded a license under this Article shall not be required to pay any fee required under Section 40-10 of this Article, the nonrefundable renewal fee required under Section 40-40 of this Article, or any other license fee required under this Article or by rule from January 1, 2024 to January 1, 2027.
    (d) From January 1, 2023 through January 1, 2027, the Department shall not make the application available for transporting organization licenses.
    (e) Upon completion of the disparity and availability study published by the Illinois Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer under subsection (e) of Section 5-45, the Department may modify or change the licensing application process to reduce or eliminate barriers and remedy discrimination identified in the study. Beginning January 1, 2027, the Department of Agriculture shall make the applications available on every January 7 thereafter or, if that date falls on a weekend or holiday, the business day immediately succeeding the weekend or holiday and shall receive the applications no later than March 15 or the succeeding business day thereafter.
(Source: P.A. 103-578, eff. 12-8-23.)