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PUBLIC HEALTH
(410 ILCS 705/) Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

410 ILCS 705/25-20

    (410 ILCS 705/25-20)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2026)
    Sec. 25-20. Faculty.
    (a) All faculty members shall be required to maintain registration as an agent-in-charge and have a valid agent identification card prior to teaching or participating in the licensee's cannabis curriculum that involves instruction offered in the enclosed, locked facility or facilities.
    (b) All faculty receiving an agent-in-charge or agent identification card must successfully pass a background check required by Section 5-20 prior to participating in a licensee's cannabis curriculum that involves instruction offered in the enclosed, locked facility.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)

410 ILCS 705/25-25

    (410 ILCS 705/25-25)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2026)
    Sec. 25-25. Enforcement.
    (a) The Department has the authority to suspend or revoke any faculty agent-in-charge or agent identification card for any violation found under this Article.
    (b) The Department has the authority to suspend or revoke any Program license for any violation found under this Article.
    (c) The Board shall revoke the authority to offer the Certificate of any community college that has had its license revoked by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)

410 ILCS 705/25-30

    (410 ILCS 705/25-30)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2026)
    Sec. 25-30. Inspection rights.
    (a) A licensee's enclosed, locked facilities are subject to random inspections by the Department and the Department of State Police.
    (b) Nothing in this Section shall be construed to give the Department or the Department of State Police a right of inspection or access to any location on the licensee's premises beyond the facilities licensed under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)

410 ILCS 705/25-35

    (410 ILCS 705/25-35)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2026)
    Sec. 25-35. Community College Cannabis Vocational Training Pilot Program faculty participant agent identification card.
    (a) The Department shall:
        (1) establish by rule the information required in an
    
initial application or renewal application for an agent identification card submitted under this Article and the nonrefundable fee to accompany the initial application or renewal application;
        (2) verify the information contained in an initial
    
application or renewal application for an agent identification card submitted under this Article, and approve or deny an application within 30 days of receiving a completed initial application or renewal application and all supporting documentation required by rule;
        (3) issue an agent identification card to a
    
qualifying agent within 15 business days of approving the initial application or renewal application;
        (4) enter the license number of the community college
    
where the agent works; and
        (5) allow for an electronic initial application and
    
renewal application process, and provide a confirmation by electronic or other methods that an application has been submitted. Each Department may by rule require prospective agents to file their applications by electronic means and to provide notices to the agents by electronic means.
    (b) An agent must keep his or her identification card visible at all times when in the enclosed, locked facility, or facilities for which he or she is an agent.
    (c) The agent identification cards shall contain the following:
        (1) the name of the cardholder;
        (2) the date of issuance and expiration date of the
    
identification card;
        (3) a random 10-digit alphanumeric identification
    
number containing at least 4 numbers and at least 4 letters that is unique to the holder;
        (4) a photograph of the cardholder; and
        (5) the legal name of the community college employing
    
the agent.
    (d) An agent identification card shall be immediately returned to the community college of the agent upon termination of his or her employment.
    (e) Any agent identification card lost shall be reported to the Department of State Police and the Department of Agriculture immediately upon discovery of the loss.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)

410 ILCS 705/25-40

    (410 ILCS 705/25-40)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2026)
    Sec. 25-40. Study. By December 31, 2025, the Illinois Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer, in coordination with the Board, must issue a report to the Governor and the General Assembly which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
        (1) Number of security incidents or infractions at
    
each licensee and any action taken or not taken;
        (2) Statistics, based on race, ethnicity, gender, and
    
participating community college of:
            (A) students enrolled in career in cannabis
        
classes;
            (B) successful completion rates by community
        
college students for the Certificate;
            (C) postgraduate job placement of students who
        
obtained a Certificate, including both cannabis business establishment jobs and non-cannabis business establishment jobs; and
        (3) Any other relevant information.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)

410 ILCS 705/25-45

    (410 ILCS 705/25-45)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on July 1, 2026)
    Sec. 25-45. Repeal. This Article is repealed on July 1, 2026.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)

410 ILCS 705/Art. 30

 
    (410 ILCS 705/Art. 30 heading)
Article 30.
Craft Growers
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)

410 ILCS 705/30-3

    (410 ILCS 705/30-3)
    Sec. 30-3. Definition. In this Article, "Department" means the Department of Agriculture.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)

410 ILCS 705/30-5

    (410 ILCS 705/30-5)
    Sec. 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 (gg) 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 to reduce or eliminate barriers. 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
    
State;
        (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) the findings and recommendations from the
    
disparity and availability study commissioned by the Illinois Cannabis Regulation Oversight Officer to reduce or eliminate any identified barriers to entry in the cannabis industry; and
        (11) any other criteria the Department of Agriculture
    
deems relevant.
    (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 to reduce or eliminate barriers based on the criteria in subsection (b). 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.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19; 101-593, eff. 12-4-19.)

410 ILCS 705/30-10

    (410 ILCS 705/30-10)
    Sec. 30-10. Application.
    (a) When applying for a license, the applicant shall electronically submit the following in such form as the Department of Agriculture may direct:
        (1) the nonrefundable application fee of $5,000 to be
    
deposited into the Cannabis Regulation Fund, or another amount as the Department of Agriculture may set by rule after January 1, 2021;
        (2) the legal name of the craft grower;
        (3) the proposed physical address of the craft grower;
        (4) the name, address, social security number, and
    
date of birth of each principal officer and board member of the craft grower; each principal officer and board member shall be at least 21 years of age;
        (5) the details of any administrative or judicial
    
proceeding in which any of the principal officers or board members of the craft grower (i) pled guilty, were convicted, were fined, or had a registration or license suspended or revoked or (ii) managed or served on the board of a business or non-profit organization that pled guilty, was convicted, was fined, or had a registration or license suspended or revoked;
        (6) proposed operating bylaws that include procedures
    
for the oversight of the craft grower, including the development and implementation of a plant monitoring system, accurate recordkeeping, staffing plan, and security plan approved by the Department of State Police that are in accordance with the rules issued by the Department of Agriculture under this Act; a physical inventory shall be performed of all plants and on a weekly basis by the craft grower;
        (7) verification from the Department of State Police
    
that all background checks of the prospective principal officers, board members, and agents of the cannabis business establishment have been conducted;
        (8) a copy of the current local zoning ordinance or
    
permit and verification that the proposed craft grower is in compliance with the local zoning rules and distance limitations established by the local jurisdiction;
        (9) proposed employment practices, in which the
    
applicant must demonstrate a plan of action to inform, hire, and educate minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities, engage in fair labor practices, and provide worker protections;
        (10) whether an applicant can demonstrate experience
    
in or business practices that promote economic empowerment in Disproportionately Impacted Areas;
        (11) experience with the cultivation of agricultural
    
or horticultural products, operating an agriculturally related business, or operating a horticultural business;
        (12) a description of the enclosed, locked facility
    
where cannabis will be grown, harvested, manufactured, packaged, or otherwise prepared for distribution to a dispensing organization or other cannabis business establishment;
        (13) a survey of the enclosed, locked facility,
    
including the space used for cultivation;
        (14) cultivation, processing, inventory, and
    
packaging plans;
        (15) a description of the applicant's experience with
    
agricultural cultivation techniques and industry standards;
        (16) a list of any academic degrees, certifications,
    
or relevant experience of all prospective principal officers, board members, and agents of the related business;
        (17) the identity of every person having a financial
    
or voting interest of 5% or greater in the craft grower operation, whether a trust, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or sole proprietorship, including the name and address of each person;
        (18) a plan describing how the craft grower will
    
address each of the following:
            (i) energy needs, including estimates of monthly
        
electricity and gas usage, to what extent it will procure energy from a local utility or from on-site generation, and if it has or will adopt a sustainable energy use and energy conservation policy;
            (ii) water needs, including estimated water draw
        
and if it has or will adopt a sustainable water use and water conservation policy; and
            (iii) waste management, including if it has or
        
will adopt a waste reduction policy;
        (19) a recycling plan:
            (A) Purchaser packaging, including cartridges,
        
shall be accepted by the applicant and recycled.
            (B) Any recyclable waste generated by the craft
        
grower facility shall be recycled per applicable State and local laws, ordinances, and rules.
            (C) Any cannabis waste, liquid waste, or
        
hazardous waste shall be disposed of in accordance with 8 Ill. Adm. Code 1000.460, except, to the greatest extent feasible, all cannabis plant waste will be rendered unusable by grinding and incorporating the cannabis plant waste with compostable mixed waste to be disposed of in accordance with 8 Ill. Adm. Code 1000.460(g)(1);
        (20) a commitment to comply with local waste
    
provisions: a craft grower facility must remain in compliance with applicable State and federal environmental requirements, including, but not limited to:
            (A) storing, securing, and managing all
        
recyclables and waste, including organic waste composed of or containing finished cannabis and cannabis products, in accordance with applicable State and local laws, ordinances, and rules; and
            (B) disposing liquid waste containing cannabis or
        
byproducts of cannabis processing in compliance with all applicable State and federal requirements, including, but not limited to, the cannabis cultivation facility's permits under Title X of the Environmental Protection Act;
        (21) a commitment to a technology standard for
    
resource efficiency of the craft grower facility.
            (A) A craft grower facility commits to use
        
resources efficiently, including energy and water. For the following, a cannabis cultivation facility commits to meet or exceed the technology standard identified in paragraphs (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv), which may be modified by rule:
                (i) lighting systems, including light bulbs;
                (ii) HVAC system;
                (iii) water application system to the crop;
            
and
                (iv) filtration system for removing
            
contaminants from wastewater.
            (B) Lighting. The Lighting Power Densities (LPD)
        
for cultivation space commits to not exceed an average of 36 watts per gross square foot of active and growing space canopy, or all installed lighting technology shall meet a photosynthetic photon efficacy (PPE) of no less than 2.2 micromoles per joule fixture and shall be featured on the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) Horticultural Specification Qualified Products List (QPL). In the event that DLC requirement for minimum efficacy exceeds 2.2 micromoles per joule fixture, that PPE shall become the new standard.
            (C) HVAC.
                (i) For cannabis grow operations with less
            
than 6,000 square feet of canopy, the licensee commits that all HVAC units will be high-efficiency ductless split HVAC units, or other more energy efficient equipment.
                (ii) For cannabis grow operations with 6,000
            
square feet of canopy or more, the licensee commits that all HVAC units will be variable refrigerant flow HVAC units, or other more energy efficient equipment.
            (D) Water application.
                (i) The craft grower facility commits to use
            
automated watering systems, including, but not limited to, drip irrigation and flood tables, to irrigate cannabis crop.
                (ii) The craft grower facility commits to
            
measure runoff from watering events and report this volume in its water usage plan, and that on average, watering events shall have no more than 20% of runoff of water.
            (E) Filtration. The craft grower commits that
        
HVAC condensate, dehumidification water, excess runoff, and other wastewater produced by the craft grower facility shall be captured and filtered to the best of the facility's ability to achieve the quality needed to be reused in subsequent watering rounds.
            (F) Reporting energy use and efficiency as
        
required by rule; and
        (22) any other information required by rule.
    (b) Applicants must submit all required information, including the information required in Section 30-15, to the Department of Agriculture. Failure by an applicant to submit all required information may result in the application being disqualified.
    (c) If the Department of Agriculture receives an application with missing information, the Department of Agriculture may issue a deficiency notice to the applicant. The applicant shall have 10 calendar days from the date of the deficiency notice to resubmit the incomplete information. Applications that are still incomplete after this opportunity to cure will not be scored and will be disqualified.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19; 101-593, eff. 12-4-19.)

410 ILCS 705/30-15

    (410 ILCS 705/30-15)
    Sec. 30-15. Scoring applications.
    (a) The Department of Agriculture shall by rule develop a system to score craft grower applications to administratively rank applications based on the clarity, organization, and quality of the applicant's responses to required information. Applicants shall be awarded points based on the following categories:
        (1) Suitability of the proposed facility;
        (2) Suitability of the employee training plan;
        (3) Security and recordkeeping;
        (4) Cultivation plan;
        (5) Product safety and labeling plan;
        (6) Business plan;
        (7) The applicant's status as a Social Equity
    
Applicant, which shall constitute no less than 20% of total available points;
        (8) Labor and employment practices, which shall
    
constitute no less than 2% of total available points;
        (9) Environmental plan as described in paragraphs
    
(18), (19), (20), and (21) of subsection (a) of Section 30-10;
        (10) The applicant is 51% or more owned and
    
controlled by an individual or individuals who have been an Illinois resident for the past 5 years as proved by tax records or 2 of the following:
            (A) a signed lease agreement that includes the
        
applicant's name;
            (B) a property deed that includes the applicant's
        
name;
            (C) school records;
            (D) a voter registration card;
            (E) an Illinois driver's license, an Illinois
        
Identification Card, or an Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card;
            (F) a paycheck stub;
            (G) a utility bill; or
            (H) any other proof of residency or other
        
information necessary to establish residence as provided by rule;
        (11) The applicant is 51% or more controlled and
    
owned by an individual or individuals who meet the qualifications of a veteran as defined in Section 45-57 of the Illinois Procurement Code;
        (12) A diversity plan that includes a narrative of
    
not more than 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; and
        (13) Any other criteria the Department of Agriculture
    
may set by rule for points.
    (b) The Department may also award up to 2 bonus points for the applicant's plan to engage with the community. The applicant may demonstrate a desire to engage with its community by participating in one or more of, but not limited to, the following actions: (i) establishment of an incubator program designed to increase participation in the cannabis industry by persons who would qualify as Social Equity Applicants; (ii) providing financial assistance to substance abuse treatment centers; (iii) educating children and teens about the potential harms of cannabis use; or (iv) other measures demonstrating a commitment to the applicant's community. Bonus points will only be awarded if the Department receives applications that receive an equal score.
    (c) Should the applicant be awarded a craft grower license, the information and plans that an applicant provided in its application, including any plans submitted for the acquiring of bonus points, shall be a mandatory condition of the license. Any variation from or failure to perform such plans may result in discipline, including the revocation or nonrenewal of a license.
    (d) Should the applicant be awarded a craft grower license, the applicant shall pay a prorated fee of $40,000 prior to receiving the license, to be deposited into the Cannabis Regulation Fund. The Department of Agriculture may by rule adjust the fee in this Section after January 1, 2021.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19; 101-593, eff. 12-4-19.)

410 ILCS 705/30-20

    (410 ILCS 705/30-20)
    Sec. 30-20. Issuance of license to certain persons prohibited.
    (a) No craft grower license issued by the Department of Agriculture shall be issued to a person who is licensed by any licensing authority as a cultivation center, or to any partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or trust or any subsidiary, affiliate, or any other form of business enterprise having more than 10% legal, equitable, or beneficial interest, directly or indirectly, in a person licensed in this State as a cultivation center, or to any principal officer, agent, employee, or human being with any form of ownership or control over a cultivation center except for a person who owns no more than 5% of the outstanding shares of a cultivation center whose shares are publicly traded on an exchange within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
    (b) A person who is licensed in this State as a craft grower, or any partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or trust or any subsidiary, affiliate, or agent thereof, or any other form of business enterprise licensed in this State as a craft grower shall not have more than 10% legal, equitable, or beneficial interest, directly or indirectly, in a person licensed as a cultivation center, nor shall any partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or trust or any subsidiary, affiliate, or any other form of business enterprise having any legal, equitable, or beneficial interest, directly or indirectly, in a person licensed in this State as a craft grower or a craft grower agent be a principal officer, agent, employee, or human being with any form of ownership or control over a cultivation center except for a person who owns no more than 5% of the outstanding shares of a cultivation center whose shares are publicly traded on an exchange within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
(Source: P.A. 101-27, eff. 6-25-19.)