Does the Act contain any operating rules for adult-use cannabis dispensing organizations?

The Act, in Section 15-70, contains a list of specific business operational rules for adult-use cannabis dispensing organizations that provide a clear baseline of regulatory guidelines for these establishments. Municipalities may include these in any statement on approvals or conditions that are part of any conditional use permit. These rules include:

  • A dispensing organization must include the legal name of the dispensary on the packaging of any cannabis product it sells.
  • Dispensing organizations are prohibited from selling any product containing alcohol except tinctures, which are limited to containers that must be no larger than 100 milliliters.
  • A dispensing organization may only accept cannabis deliveries into a restricted access area. Deliveries may not be accepted through the public or limited access areas unless otherwise approved under the Act.
  • A dispensing organization shall maintain compliance with state and local building, fire, and zoning requirements or regulations.
  • A dispensing organization shall submit a list to the state of the names of all service professionals that will work at the dispensary.
  • A dispensing organization's license allows for a dispensary to be operated only at a single location.
  • A dispensing organization may operate between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time.
  • A dispensing organization must keep all lighting outside and inside the dispensary in good working order and wattage sufficient for security cameras.

The dispensing organization shall not:

  • Produce or manufacture cannabis;
  • Accept a cannabis product from an adult-sue cultivation center, craft grower, infuser, dispensing organization, or transporting organization unless it is prepackaged and labeled in accordance with the Act and any rules that may be adopted pursuant to the Act;
  • Obtain cannabis or cannabis-infused products from outside the State of Illinois;
  • Sell cannabis or cannabis-infused products to a purchaser unless the dispensary organization is licensed under the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program Act, the individual is registered under the Medical Cannabis Program Act or the purchaser has been verified to be over the age of 21;
  • Enter into an exclusive agreement with any adult-use cannabis cultivation center, craft grower, or infuser;
  • Refuse to conduct business with an adult-use cannabis cultivation center, craft grower, transporting organization, or infuser that has the ability to properly deliver the product and is permitted by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, on the same terms as other adult-use cannabis cultivation centers, craft growers, infusers or transporters with whom it is dealing;
  • Operate drive-through windows;
  • Allow for the dispensing of cannabis or cannabis-infused products in vending machines;
  • Transport cannabis to residences or other locations where purchasers may be for delivery;
  • Enter into agreements to allow persons who are not dispensing organization agents to deliver cannabis or to transport cannabis to purchasers;
  • Operate a dispensing organization if its video surveillance equipment is inoperative;
  • Operate a dispensing organization if the point-of-sale equipment is inoperative;
  • Operate a dispensing organization if the state's cannabis electronic verification system is inoperative;
  • Operate a dispensing organization when there are fewer than two people working at any time;
  • Be located within 1,500 feet of the property line of a pre-existing dispensing organization;
  • Sell clones or any other live plant material;
  • Sell cannabis, cannabis concentrate, or cannabis-infused products in combination or bundled with each other or any other items for one price, and each item of cannabis, concentrate or cannabis-infused product must be separately identified by quantity and price on the receipt;
  • Violate any other requirements or prohibitions set by the Act or administrative rules.

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1. When will cannabis be legal in Illinois?
2. Who will be able to purchase cannabis legally?
3. How much cannabis can be legally purchased or possessed?
4. How is cannabis cultivation going to be taxed at the state level?
5. How is the sale of cannabis going to be taxed at the state level?
6. How may cannabis be taxed at the local level?
7. Can I grow my own cannabis?
8. Will I be able to smoke wherever I want?
9. Who will be selling cannabis?
10. What about people in jail for cannabis?
11. May municipalities and other units of local government regulate cannabis establishments within their boundaries?
12. May municipalities prohibit or regulate cannabis establishments outside of their boundaries?
13. May municipalities regulate the on-premises consumption of cannabis and/or allow cannabis cafes and lounges?
14. Does the Act contain any location restrictions on dispensaries?
15. Does failure to be in compliance with local zoning regulations have any impact on a cannabis establishment's ability to operate in Illinois?
16. May municipalities and other units of local government fine or penalize cannabis establishments for violation of local zoning regulations?
17. May municipalities regulate the personal possession and consumption of cannabis?
18. Does the Act apply to home rule units of government?
19. Does the Act contain any operating rules for adult-use cannabis dispensing organizations?
20. Is a license required to operate a cannabis establishment in Illinois?
21. May municipalities require licenses to operate a cannabis establishment within their boundaries?
22. What are the different tupes of licenses?
23. Do State licenses need to be renewed?
24. What other agency oversight does the state have for social issues related to cannabis production, sale, and use?