Illinois Issues 149 New Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Licenses | Government and politics
Robert McCoppinChicago Tribune
CHICAGO — Illinois issued 149 new recreational marijuana dispensary licenses on Friday, marking a long-awaited step forward in the state’s efforts to expand and diversify the industry.
But due to the time it takes to start such a business, many stores may not open until next year.
Most of the new cannabis retail stores are planned for the Chicago metro area and will more than double the current 110 medical and recreational stores. Of the new licensees, 41% are majority black, 7% white, and 4% Latino, while 38% did not disclose the race of their owners.
Until now, pot business ownership in the state has been almost exclusively male and white.
Ambrose Jackson, CEO of Parkway Dispensary in Danville, said he was relieved to finally receive the licensing notice.
“It’s amazing,” he said, “It hasn’t quite settled in yet, because we’ve been in this waiting pattern for two years. It’s a big deal.
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His team, The 1937 Group, will soon decide whether to operate in an existing building, which could take three months to convert, or build from scratch, which could take at least six months.
The new licenses are “conditional”, which means that licensees must meet various requirements before being issued their final licenses to open their doors.
Businesses have 180 days to select a location and begin operations, and can request another 180-day extension if needed. Another 36 dispensary licenses in the state are expected to be issued in August.
Many licenses had been delayed for more than two years due to coronavirus-related disruptions, problems with the application scoring process and court orders delaying licensing while lawsuits challenged the process.
Delays cost many business owners tens of thousands of dollars in lost rent or land acquisition costs. Startups have struggled to secure funding while licensing has been in limbo, and some will likely sell to larger corporate chains as part of the growing industry’s ongoing consolidation, which is approaching the $2 billion in annual sales in Illinois.
Social Equity Licensees, generally defined as those in poor neighborhoods or areas with a high rate of cannabis-related arrests, may be eligible for low-interest loans through the Department of Illinois Trade and Economic Opportunities. The first set of companies are expected to finalize loan agreements with state partner lending institutions in the coming weeks.
5 Common Ailments in Vegetable Gardens and How to Treat Them
You started the seeds in the spring and watched them sprout, then water, fertilize and even stake the plants as they grew, while visions of summer salads, grilled vegetables and homemade pickles were dancing in your head.
Then one day black spots, yellow speckled leaves and pasty bottoms appeared, and your dreams turned into nightmares.
A fungal disease that affects beans, cucumbers, eggplants, melons, peas, peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins and spinach. Anthracnose appears as small leaf spots with yellow halos that gradually darken and spread to cover entire leaves. On cucumber plants, foliage may drop and entire vines may die. Tomatoes and peppers show dark, sunken spots that become more apparent as the fruit ripens. Pea pods marred by dark lesions. Round, sunken, yellow spots appear on the melons, darkening to brown and then black.
To avoid this, try rotating crops, amending the soil with compost before planting, and applying mulch afterwards. Look for resistant plant varieties, when available. Avoid overhead watering, which wets foliage and promotes fungal growth. And keep the soil free of infected plant parts and fallen fruit.
Blossom end rot
Caused by calcium deficiency which mainly affects tomatoes, eggplants and peppers. Characterized by dark, mushy spots on the bottom of fruit, the cloudiness is usually the result of uneven watering, improper soil pH, injured roots, or excess nitrogen.
Preventive measures include testing the soil pH before planting. If results are less than 6.3, incorporate dolomitic lime into beds according to label directions.
Zucchini, squash, cucumber and muskmelon plants die quickly after flowering, without even a goodbye. But if you look closely, you’ll see the little puncture holes at the bottom of stems and stems caused by these pests, which begin life as butterflies laying eggs at the base of plants. Inch-long white caterpillars follow and burrow into stems, killing plants as they chew their way. And just when you think the damage is done, they cocoon in the ground until the next year, armed and ready to repeat the carnage.
Prevent damage by monitoring susceptible plants closely. Watch for red, flat and oval eggs early in the season and pick them up by hand. Continue to hunt weekly.
Verticillium wilt and Fusarium wilt are fungal soil diseases caused by different pathogens that cause similar symptoms.
Mainly affecting eggplants, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins and tomatoes, the diseases ravage the roots, resulting in curled, yellow and withered foliage, brown xylem tissue inside the stems and general stunting. Eventually, whole plants wilt and die.
Jagged holes, usually in the center of leaves rather than at the edges, indicate slug damage. Nocturnal gastropods feast on basil, cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and ornamentals like hostas, leaving behind a telltale goo trail.
Get ahead of the crawling miscreants with a spring cleaning that removes leaves, plant debris and slug eggs from the surface of the soil, and keep the mulch no deeper than 3 inches to avoid creating a refuge.