The primary 5 leisure cannabis dispensary licenses have been introduced in Illinois. The identical publicly-traded company snapped all of them up: Inexperienced Thumb Industries, which has licenses to promote adult-use marijuana at 5 of its seven areas which can be at present targeted on promoting medical cannabis in Mundelein, Joliet, Naperville, Canton, and Effingham.

Inexperienced Thumb Industries is headquartered in Chicago and operates 95 retail areas and 13 manufacturing industries throughout Illinois. Earlier this week it reported that its income over the past enterprise quarter was up 228 p.c from the identical time interval final 12 months.

“GTI is thrilled that our 5 shops obtained the state of Illinois’ first approvals for ‘same-site’ grownup use cannabis licenses,” Linda Marsicano, spokesperson for the corporate, informed an area information website. “We sit up for persevering with the wonderful partnerships we now have within the communities we serve throughout the state.”

Illinois’ first leisure licensing announcement units an early tone for an trade that’s largely centered on bigger firms, although that could be disproved relying on the following companies to which the state grants licenses to promote cannabis.

Maybe to counteract this impression, Inexperienced Thumb has introduced plans to type what it calls the Illinois Social Fairness License Software Help Program, a session program geared towards cannabis entrepreneurs of coloration and others who’ve been unfairly focused by legislation enforcement’s warfare on medication.

The 5 Inexperienced Thumb Industries areas in query could now promote leisure cannabis on the similar website, in addition to open one other location that’s devoted to gross sales of such adult-use cannabis.

After all, that’s if the cities wherein they’re positioned give them the go-ahead. The nation’s first profitable piece of cannabis legalization laws, which handed in Illinois earlier this 12 months (different states have legalized weed by means of voter referendum), ensured that native municipalities not solely had the facility to determine their very own cannabis tax (as much as three p.c) but additionally to veto leisure marijuana of their jurisdiction — even when they’re at present the positioning of companies that promote medicinal weed.

Not less than one of many cities the place Inexperienced Thumb has been licensed to promote leisure pot has expressed critical concern. In Naperville, a gaggle of residents have shaped the Choose Out Naperville marketing campaign to dam leisure marijuana from coming to their city. Whereas metropolis council members declined to move a decision that will have banned such gross sales final week, Choose Out Naperville seems unfazed and has referred to as for an anti-weed rally to happen on Saturday, prior to a different assembly on Tuesday at which town council will additional take into account the difficulty.

Regarding the different cities which were tapped for leisure gross sales to date, Canton and Joliet have expressed enthusiasm over the prospect, whereas Effingham and Mundelein are nonetheless undecided.

If jurisdictions do determine to ban leisure gross sales, it appears as if the licensed medical dispensaries will be unable to vary location with out utilizing their same-site leisure and medicinal gross sales approval.

Governor J.B. Pritzker and different officers have expressed a want to guarantee that there are an applicable variety of dispensaries open when leisure gross sales turn out to be operational on January 1. The Division of Monetary and Skilled Regulation has a decent 14-day deadline for granting or denying same-site leisure permits from medical license holders, although there isn’t a such deadline for medicinal candidates seeking to open separate second areas to promote leisure cannabis.