While the event isn’t specifically designed to connect new license holders with buyers, “what comes from those conversations is their own personal business,” she noted.
“I’m not upset for people who want to get a payday. But I thought that they had got into this business to be in this business, not to just make a quick buck,” said Moore, who helped write the latest pot law and has already won a dispensary permit.
State law doesn’t prohibit the new licensees from unloading for millions of dollars and potentially “giving it away to the white boys again,” one critic said.
Should a social equity applicant sell a license to a firm that doesn’t qualify, the buyer must pay back any fees that were waived and any cash owed for state-issued loans or grants.
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“We really are committed to meeting the challenge to make the industry diverse, and we want people to be successful,” she said. “But if they can’t, we certainly want to be able to provide them with enough resources and guidance on how to move forward.”
Moore fears the operators of multi-state pot firms will inevitably buy out social equity licenses and “win again,” a prospect that’s particularly prickly given her experience. She previously sold dispensary and cultivation licenses for medical marijuana to Arizona-based 4Front Ventures — a move she said was prompted by the conditions created by former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s overly cautious handling of the program years before recreational pot was legalized in 2020.
Edie Moore expressed frustration with social equity applicants quickly selling their licenses. Pat Nabong/Sun-Times
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“That’s what we were fighting for,” she added. “For people to build generational wealth on owning and building and creating something within their communities, not giving it away to the white boys again.”
“There have been some massive consequences to many of these applicants,” Althoff said. “And in many instances they decided that it is in their best interest to try to divest the license that they know that they’re not going to have much success moving forward.”
You can only grow cannabis if you have a Medical Cannabis Card. You must be 21 years or older. You can grow up to 5 cannabis plants in your home. They must be in a locked room, with no access to anyone under 21. It must be outside of public view and with permission from the owner.
Even though cannabis is legal, landlords can ban smoking it in their units. This includes medical cannabis. However, a landlord cannot stop a tenant from using medical cannabis in other ways. If your lease prohibits smoking or other use of cannabis, breaking that rule could lead to an eviction .
Cannabis is legal in Illinois. But there are limits on who can buy it and where you can use it.
You cannot possess or use cannabis in your residence if you are running licensed childcare, foster care, or similar social services there. Condominium association rules can limit smoking cannabis, but not using cannabis in other ways. Rules can prohibit any use of cannabis in public areas. Landlords can always have rules in their lease that are stricter than the association rules.
Private rental housing
Cannabis is still illegal under federal law. So you cannot use or possess cannabis at your home if you live in federally-subsidized public housing. You could be evicted or denied housing. This includes past cannabis use or criminal charges. This also includes guests. There is also a ban on all smoking in federally-subsidized public housing.
A landlord can ban renters from growing cannabis on the property if the ban is in the lease.