Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an executive order on March 12th, to extend the deadline for submitting applications for a variety of adult-use cannabis businesses. Due to the level of uncertainty in the market, exceptions are being made to help ease the situation.
Extensions were granted to Craft Grower, Infuser and Transporter licenses by two weeks, until March 30. The executive order also directed all applications to be submitted via USPS certified mail. Applications delivered in person or sent via FedEx or UPS will not be accepted.
“The deadline to submit applications for Adult Use Cannabis Craft Grower, Infuser, and Transporter licenses is extended to March 30, 2020,” the executive order reads. “All applications submitted after March 12, 2020 must be submitted via United States Postal Service certified mail and post-marked on or before March 30, 2020. Submissions via UPS, FedEx or other mail delivery services will not be accepted.” The move represents Governor Pritzker’s willingness to be flexible, given the unpredictable forces of change.
But the governor’s order insisted that submissions be submitted through certified mail to prevent the spread of illness—a precaution almost all of us can agree with. “The Illinois Department of Agriculture will continue to accept in-person applications of craft grower, infuser, or transporter licenses until 5:00 pm on March 12, 2020, however, due to the concerns about spread of the coronavirus, the Department strongly encourages all applicants to submit their application via certified mail.”
The governor pointed out that there is no disadvantage or advantage to applicants who submit applications via mail compared to applicants who apply in person.
Applicants who are submitting multiple applications must submit each application in separately mailed submissions, the order clarified. In addition, fingerprints previously submitted for applications do not need to be resubmitted.
Despite the confusion that abounds in the cannabis industry, Illinois’ adult use market forges on.