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SPRINGFIELD — After more than a year of delays, 55 new cannabis dispensary licenses have been awarded in a lottery — but the winners may face further delays and challenges.

The winners were chosen from a pool of 626 applicants who scored 85% or greater on their applications. Since Illinois legalized recreational marijuana last year, only previously existing medical marijuana dispensaries have been allowed to also open retail shops.

A lack of cannabis flower could mean further delays for the new license holders who had to wait because of the pandemic and legal challenges to the application process.

Pam Althoff, executive director of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois, said the state will have to assist growers in any way it can.

“Its tremendously important for the Department of Ag to give everybody the availability to expand to their highest level so that we can get that raw material out so these products will meet the demand once these dispensaries come online,” Althoff said.

Another obstacle faces lottery winners. A Cook County judge issued

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Panel to explore ways to issue 2 pot permits  Arkansas Online

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SF city, county prep for cannabis dispensaries  Albuquerque Journal

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On July 31, Niles hosted its first ever recreational cannabis festival. And from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. the city’s riverfront park was filled with dispensaries, vendors, live music and people.

The Niles Cannabis Festival had been in the works for several months. Attendees could browse cannabis products from seven dispensaries and even consume them on site in two specially designated areas.

 

The festival also featured live music and entertainment from five acts, 25 vendors, four food trucks, a gaming area, free water and a photo booth.

 

George Pitenturf is the head of purchasing at the ReLeaf Center, a medical and recreational dispensary in Niles. He came dressed for the occasion in a suit patterned with marijuana leaves, complete with a tie and matching sunglasses. He said it’s his way of networking.

 

“I didn’t sew it myself,” he said. “I want people to come up and talk to me. I want people to ask me questions about our dispensary and other people’s dispensaries.”

 

ReLeaf was selling a variety of cannabis products — including edibles, chocolates, gummies, cartridges and waxes — all grown and made in Michigan. 

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This California City Rejected Marijuana. Now Cannabis Is An Official Tourism Draw.  Forbes

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For local residents gripped with poverty, the cost of potentially life-saving medicine can be a cost they cannot afford.

Dispensary of Hope is here to help.

A grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday for a community pharmacy that’s operating in partnership with Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital.

The goal is to make vital medications more affordable and accessible to those in need. The Dispensary of Hope pharmacy will be for low-income and uninsured residents to provide no-cost, or low-cost, prescription drugs.

“We hope this pharmacy changes the whole landscape of our community’s healthcare,” said River Park CEO Dale Humphrey. “We never want people to make the decision of whether to pay their rent, their light bill, or pay for their prescription medicine.”

Dispensary of Hope is a charitable medication distributor which got its start in Murfreesboro around 15 years ago. It has grown to more than 300 pharmacies in 40 states. This is the fifth location where Ascension Saint Thomas has partnered with Dispensary of Hope.

“This is a community pharmacy which has distributed tens of millions of doses in medicine,” said Greg Pope, Ascension Saint Thomas chief mission integration officer. “There is no reason for anyone in the U.S. to die due

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Panchkula Sector 20 dispensary, Sector 16 polyclinic to be upgraded  Times of India

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Minorities struggle for headway in the legal weed business  PBS NewsHour

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This Pot Stock Just Delivered a Monster Surprise for Investors  The Motley Fool

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‘This is extreme transphobia’: Trans TikToker refused access to men’s bathroom at weed dispensary  The Daily Dot

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