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Illinois Judge Halts State From Licensing Marijuana Farm in Cook County

A Cook County judge put the brakes on one part of the state’s medical marijuana program, for now.

Circuit Judge Kathleen Kennedy granted a temporary restraining order Wednesday preventing the state from officially licensing a medical marijuana growing farm in the Kankakee area after a company that lost out on the permit sued the state.

Kennedy’s decision, in what could be a landmark case in Illinois, may have statewide implications, lawyers involved in the medical marijuana industry said.

“Can we now anticipate a rash of additional lawsuits . . . filed by every dispensary applicant and every cultivation applicant who was unsuccessful?” said attorney Brian Rosenblatt.

“The reality is this case opens up a tremendous can of worms for the entire industry in Illinois,” he said. [Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times]

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