CHICAGO (AP) – A judge Thursday denied a request to stop Illinois officials from rescoring applications for recreational marijuana licenses, allowing the disputed process to continue.
Sangamon County Judge Adam Giganti refused to grant a temporary restraining order against state regulators. The judge ruled that the plaintiffs didn’t show they would be irreparably harmed by letting the licensing do-over go ahead, and failed to show that they were likely to prove their case.
The suit was filed in October against Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state administrators by three companies that received perfect scores to qualify for a lottery to win cannabis licenses – SBI IL LLC, Vertical Management LLC and GRI Holdings LLC.
Their attorney, John Fitzgerald, argued that Pritzker was caving in to “political expediency” by giving losing applicants a second chance. He said it was in violation of the state law that legalized commercial sales of marijuana this year and set forth how to award 75 new recreational licenses.