Illinois judge orders 68 corrective dispensary lotteries – winners will have to compete afterward

The Cook County Courthouse in Chicago’s Loop. Also: A Picasso statue that no one really knows what it is. Horse? Women? Baboon? Credit: Jaysin Trevino/Flickr

Illinois dispensary ‘super case’ plaintiffs will have the opportunity to enter a corrective lottery for adult-use dispensary licenses before presenting their case to a Cook County Circuit Court judge to find out whether or not they should be eligible for a license, according to a ruling released Tuesday evening.

Sixty-seven dispensary bid teams who argue their bids were mistreated by the state or barred from participating in the bid process are before Judge Cecilia Gamrath, each with different remedies ranging from applications to participate in a licensing lottery additional to a request to abandon the application process altogether and start over. The plaintiffs’ complaints were consolidated into one case by the Illinois Supreme Court in an effort to streamline the numerous lawsuits filed across the state.

[Read Judge Gamrath’s corrective lottery order.]

Judge Gamrath’s decision to order a lottery before hearing arguments is her own decision to streamline the process, as she said from the bench last month that “this case will never end by 2022, you’ll be lucky if it ends 18 months after that. There wouldn’t even be a decision on the merits for many, many months. If not years. “

In her order issued on Tuesday, Judge Gamrath said conducting the lottery first would help determine who should pursue the case, because “at this point the claimants would know where they stand before deciding whether to proceed on the merits of the case.” their claims in hopes of eventually obtaining a conditional permit.

“Waiting for around 70 substantive applications to be heard and decided would add countless months to an already lengthy process, leaving each applicant to wait impatiently until the very end to find out if they meet the two conditions that would entitle them to a conditional license,” the judge wrote.

Candidates will be allowed to opt out of the remedial lottery, so they can argue the merits of their case first, to preserve their right to due process – but this would inevitably delay a resolution for many candidates.

The corrective lottery will be conducted by the Illinois Lottery, according to statements made in court by Assistant Attorney General Doug Rees. Judge Gamrath ordered the lottery agency to publish a plan on how to run the lottery by June 3 and run the first scheduled lottery no later than June 24, with the rest to take place on a period not exceeding 21 days.

In theory, it’s possible that each of the 68 plaintiffs could earn a shot at a license, since they’ll each have their own independent ratings. If they find out they have won, they move forward to earn arguments in court. If they lose, their legal proceedings end.

The next hearing date for a statute on lotteries and factums on the merits has been set for July 26, 2022.

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