Illinois State officials have extended the deadline for applications for certain recreational cannabis business licenses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order extending the deadline to submit applications for cannabis infuser, craft grower and transporter licenses from March 30 to April 30, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
The applications were initially due March 16, but state officials earlier this month extended that deadline and ordered the agriculture department to accept all applications by mail in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
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Driving Jobs In Illinois
How many jobs are there in the legal marijuana industry? Leafly’s annual Cannabis Jobs Report found 243,700 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by legal cannabis as of January 2020.
That’s a 15% year-over-year increase. Over the past 12 months the expanding industry has created 33,700 new jobs nationwide, making legal marijuana the fastest-growing industry in America.
As this industry expands, a tremendous number of jobs will be created in Illinois. Estimated revenues from recreational cannabis based upon history of states like Colorado and Washington will see the cannabis industry growing to $2B+ in annual revenues. Currently Colorado employs 44,000 people – Illinois can grow to more than 80,000 people employed in their legal cannabis industry over the next 2 – 3 years.
How many Craft Grower licenses are available?
The Department will award up to 40 Craft Grower Licenses on or before July 1, 2020. By December 21, 2021, the Department of Agriculture shall issue up to 60 additional Craft Grower licenses.
How many dispensaries will there be?
Between now and 2025, there will be a maximum of 390 adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses up for grabs (not including the 110 licenses allocated to existing medical cannabis dispensaries).
How many infuser licenses are available?
The Illinois Department of Agriculture will award up to 40 Infuser Licenses on or before July 1, 2020. By December 21, 2021, the Department of Agriculture may issue up to 60 additional Infuser licenses.
How many Transporter licenses are available?
There is not a statutory limit on number of available Transporter licenses. Applicants for Transporter licenses that score at least 75% of the available points and meet all other requirements for a Transporter license shall be issued a license by the Department.