Successful Applicants Advance in Illinois Cannabis License Lottery

September 9, 2020


On Thursday, September 3, 2020, Illinois announced the winning applicants advancing to the next round of cannabis dispensary licenses to be awarded by lottery later this month. Illinois received 1,667 applications for the highly sought after licenses. Only those with perfect scores—just 21 of the 1,667 applications—qualified for the upcoming lottery.

All of the successful applicants are also social equity candidates, meaning that their owners are minorities, owned by someone living in an area disproportionately affected by past marijuana enforcement, or owned by someone who has been arrested for or convicted of an expungeable pot offense, among other criteria.

Successful applicants will get one entry into the lottery for each application fee paid, up to the number of licenses available in that region. 75 licenses are available in total.

The rules of Illinois’ program do not permit administrative review for unsuccessful applications. However, unsuccessful applicants may still have recourse to sue over the review of the subjective elements of their application, claiming that they also should have received a perfect score and be included in the upcoming lottery.

If your Illinois license application was not successful and you would like advice on filing a lawsuit to have your application reconsidered, contact John Mackewich at 419-249-7103 or at

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