Unsuccessful Applicants Will Get a Chance to Correct their Illinois Cannabis License Lottery

September 24, 2020


On September 3, Illinois announced the winning applicants advancing to the next round of cannabis dispensary licenses to be awarded by lottery later this month. But, in that September 3 announcement, only the 21 applicants with perfect scores qualified for the upcoming lottery. 

For the other 900-plus applicants, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s office announced this week that the unsuccessful applicants will have the opportunity to revise their applications and challenge their scores prior to the state’s lottery. Applicants who received fewer than 252 points will receive a deficiency notice and score sheet outlining each exhibit on which they lost points. Applications may then be amended, or applicants may petition the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to have their original submissions reevaluated.

These reviews will be conducted by IDFPR officials, not KPMG, the accounting firm originally contracted to grade the licenses, after outcry at potential conflicts of interest at the firm. 

If your Illinois license application was not successful and you would like advice on revising your application or petitioning to have your application reconsidered, contact John Mackewich at 419-346-4155 or at mackewich@marshall-melhorn.com.

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