Here's what to expect next with legal recreational marijuana in Illinois.

There's no doubt that the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois has been a huge success generating millions of dollars. Believe it or not, this is just the beginning. Of course, some of the biggest issues are not enough places to purchase it and too little available for the consumer. So, what's next?

According to,

  • Currently, there are 48 licenses but only 36 are selling recreational marijuana. Those were pre-existing medical marijuana dispensaries.
  • The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will award up to 75 licenses by May 1 for new recreational marijuana dispensaries across the state, up to 110 more licenses will be awarded by Dec. 21, 2021.
  • The Department of Agriculture will award up to 40 licenses by July 1 for marijuana craft growers, up to 40 licenses for marijuana infusers and an unlimited number of licenses for marijuana transporting organizations. Up to 60 more licenses each for craft growers and infusers, and more for transporting organizations, will be awarded by Dec. 21, 2021.
  •  A DUI cannabis task force led by the state police director will present its report and recommendations on improvements to enforcement of driving under the influence of cannabis to the governor and the General Assembly by July 1.
  • Up to eight community colleges will be awarded a license for a cannabis vocational pilot program by Sept. 1. The colleges can start programs in the 2021-22 academic year for students who are at least 18. The students will receive a "career in cannabis" certificate.

As you can see, the cannabis industry in Illinois will be growing a lot this year.

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