Illinois Inundated With Medical Marijuana License Applications

On Monday, ganjapreneurs of every stripe descended on the Thompson Center, a state government building that was the drop off point for the final day to apply for medical marijuana licenses under the state’s pilot program. The cast of characters who submitted applications included “everyone from Cheech & Chong types to hedge fund guys” said Mark Huddle, an attorney for the group Illinois Grown Medicine who spoke to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Huddle brought 25 boxes of paperwork he hopes will win him licenses for five dispensaries in northern Illinois. He’s got quite a bit of company. The Sun-Times reports the application counter was swarmed with hundreds of applicants who put down a non-refundable $5,000 fee. There were so many applicants, state officials couldn’t tally up the exact number.

Apparently, many applicants procrastinated by waiting until the last day. They are all vying for just 60 licenses that will be issued statewide starting sometime in December.

Another lawyer, Kathryn Ashton, told the Sun-Times the amount of paperwork required for an appication is grueling but necessary to avoid getting rejected.