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(410 ILCS 705/30-5)
Issuance of licenses.
(a) The Department of Agriculture shall issue up to 40 craft grower licenses by July 1, 2020. Any person or entity awarded a license pursuant to this subsection shall only hold one craft grower license and may not sell that license until after December 21, 2021.
(b) By December 21, 2021, the Department of Agriculture shall issue up to 60 additional craft grower licenses. Any person or entity awarded a license pursuant to this subsection shall not hold more than 2 craft grower licenses. The person or entity awarded a license pursuant to this subsection or subsection (a) of this Section may sell its craft grower license subject to the restrictions of this Act or as determined by administrative rule. Prior to issuing such licenses, the Department may adopt rules through emergency rulemaking in accordance with subsection (kk) of Section 5-45 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, to modify or raise the number of craft grower licenses and modify or change the licensing application process. The General Assembly finds that the adoption of rules to regulate cannabis use is deemed an emergency and necessary for the public interest, safety, and welfare. In determining whether to exercise the authority granted by this subsection, the Department of Agriculture must consider the following factors:
(1) the percentage of cannabis sales occurring in
Illinois not in the regulated market using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and tourism data from the Illinois Office of Tourism to ascertain total cannabis consumption in Illinois compared to the amount of sales in licensed dispensing organizations;
(2) whether there is an adequate supply of cannabis
and cannabis-infused products to serve registered medical cannabis patients;
(3) whether there is an adequate supply of cannabis
and cannabis-infused products to serve purchasers;
(4) whether there is an oversupply of cannabis in
Illinois leading to trafficking of cannabis to states where the sale of cannabis is not permitted by law;
(5) population increases or shifts;
(6) the density of craft growers in any area of the
(7) perceived security risks of increasing the number
or location of craft growers;
(8) the past safety record of craft growers;
(9) the Department of Agriculture's capacity to
appropriately regulate additional licensees;
(10) (blank); and
(11) any other criteria the Department of Agriculture
(c) After January 1, 2022, the Department of Agriculture may by rule modify or raise the number of craft grower licenses and modify or change the licensing application process. At no time may the number of craft grower licenses exceed 150. Any person or entity awarded a license pursuant to this subsection shall not hold more than 3 craft grower licenses. A person or entity awarded a license pursuant to this subsection or subsection (a) or subsection (b) of this Section may sell its craft grower license or licenses subject to the restrictions of this Act or as determined by administrative rule.
(d) Upon the completion of the disparity and availability study pertaining to craft growers by the Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 5-45, the Department may modify or change the licensing application process to reduce or eliminate barriers from and remedy evidence of discrimination identified in the disparity and availability study.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19; 101-593, eff. 12-4-19; 102-98, eff. 7-15-21.)