Former Illinois Gov’s List of License Finalists Revealed

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Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who left office earlier this month without granting medical marijuana business licenses as initially planned, had a shortlist of companies ready to go.

The list of several dozen businesses was released by newly-inaugurated Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, and includes scores for the top contenders, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

But Rauner isn’t necessarily going to use the list as a starting point, or perhaps even at all, according to a spokesperson. Rather, the new administration plans on evaluating the process Quinn used and forward its findings to the state attorney general’s office to get more feedback.

“No licenses will be granted until this process is thoroughly reviewed,” a spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Marijuana Business Daily.

The top scorer on the list was TGS Illinois, which drew a final score of 718 for one application and 717 for a second. Most of the others on the list scored somewhere in the 600s or below.