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‘Stop the Lottery:' Protesters Demand Changes to Illinois' Cannabis Business License Process
Submitted by Marijuana News on Mon, 09/14/2020 - 10:12
As Gov. J.B. Pritzker appeared at a news conference Friday to announce investments to expand job opportunities in Chicago, a group of protesters showed up, demanding changes to the state's cannabis lottery process.
"The lottery is a game of chance," said Rickey Hendon, a former Illinois State Senator who led the protest. "We ain't playing no games, and we ain't taking no damn chances. He needs to fix it."
Jermell Chavis, a veteran, and a former school principal, Lamaildie Moore, were among those who didn't make the cut and showed up to request action from the governor.
"That didn't seem fair that I would have to compete with multi million dollar companies, white men that know nothing about my community," Moore said.
The state previously announced that only 21 of 700 applicants would proceed to a lottery for 75 licenses.
Two companies that were rejected for marijuana licenses filed a lawsuit last week to delay the state from awarding licenses to the winning applicants.