Applicants Claim They Were Wrongfully Forced to Give Up Lottery Spots in New Lawsuit Against Illinois Cannabis Licensing Process

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<![CDATA[In the latest of several lawsuits that take aim at Illinois’ licensing process to award 185 new cannabis dispensary licenses, two applicants, Suite Greens LLC and So Baked Too LLC, claim state officials wrongfully forced them to give up three of their spots in the state’s third and final licensing lottery, which is scheduled for Aug. 19.The lawsuit, filed Aug. 16 in Cook County court, asks the state to give the applicants all the spots they initially earned in the lottery, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.Suite Greens and So Baked Too were among 21 applicants that were originally included in a lottery to award 75 cannabis dispensary licenses last September.After that initial announcement, however, rejected applicants filed a series of lawsuits over the licensing process, and the state ultimately created 110 new licenses and unveiled a plan to award the 185 total licenses in a series of three lotteries scheduled for July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19.The state awarded 110 total cannabis retail licenses in the July 29 and Aug. 5 lotteries, but a Cook County judge has barred the state from issuing any final dispensary licenses until a separate lawsuit, brought forth by another rejected applicant, WAH Group LLC, is settled.RELATED: Illinois Judge Says Ongoing Lawsuit Could Cause Cannabis Licensing RedoThe latest lawsuit, brought forth by Suite Greens and So Baked Too, rests on a section of Illinois’ adult-use cannabis legalization law that splits the state into 17 regions where various numbers of licenses are allocated, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. In each region, a single principal officer cannot be included in more qualifying applications than there are licenses available for that region.Attorney Brendan Shiller was listed as a principal officer on the applications for Suite Greens, So Baked Too and another firm, Canndid Spirit Too LLC. The groups…

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