The launch of Illinois’ medical marijuana industry may be delayed even longer.
Outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn has decided to refrain from signing off on business licenses before he leaves office, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. Instead, he will pass that responsibility on to incoming Gov. Bruce Rauner, an outspoken critic of the state’s MMJ program.
NBC reported that Quinn’s decision will “almost surely lead to further delays” due to Rauner’s opposition to the program, leaving hopeful MMJ entrepreneurs in a cloud of uncertainty.
The licensing process hit a snag late last year when applicants for dispensary and cultivation licenses learned recently that they wouldn’t find out by the beginning of January whether they had been approved for a business permit.