Illinois Craft Growers Can Get Back To Work After Judge Lifts Order That Put Industry On Hold

The 88 craft growers with licenses issued may proceed with plans to open

Craft cannabis growers in Illinois may resume preparing to open for business after a judge Wednesday ended his order that prevented the state from expediting new licenses.

Winnebago County Circuit Judge Stephen Balogh ruled that jilted license applicants challenging the licensing process must file lawsuits under administrative review law, which provides some protection for existing licensees.

The ruling means that those who hold the 88 craft grower licenses issued so far may proceed with plans for opening.

The restraining order, issued earlier this month, in effect had prevented existing license holders from moving forward with any plans.

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