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New Lawsuit Challenges Medical Marijuana Licensing Process in Illinois

A new lawsuit challenges medical marijuana licensing in Illinois, claiming that the state failed to follow its own requirements for deciding who would get to grow and sell the drug.

In response, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration agreed that the evaluation process started by former Gov. Pat Quinn’s office was flawed, and pledged to cooperate with any court review of the program.

“We understood and acknowledged that the process the Quinn administration applied would likely expose the State to significant and costly litigation,” Rauner’s office stated in an email. “We believe the steps we took to fix the errors in the Quinn selection process reduce, but cannot entirely eliminate, the risk of litigation.

“We will fully participate in any judicial review of the selection process and comply with any orders issued by a court as it relates to this particular applicant or any other applicant that seeks a judicial review,” the statement said. [Read more at the Chicago Tribune]

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