Quinn had medical marijuana recommendations, failed to act

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, The Associated Press obtained documents showing that former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration had prepared lists of businesses that were to receive lucrative medical marijuana licenses before he left office. Quinn did not act on the licenses, leaving them to his successor, Gov. Bruce Rauner.

They list the companies recommended by the Department of Agriculture to operate 21 medical marijuana farms and those recommended by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to operate 56 medical marijuana dispensaries. But Largo Meds LLC – a company looking to build and operate a cultivation center in Centralia  — was not on that list.

Two draft press releases from Quinn’s office prior to Rauner’s taking the seat show a few changes, including a change for cultivators in State Police District 11, which includes Clinton County.

The first news release prepared but never sent by the Quinn administration on Jan. 11, the day before Quinn turned over control of the state and the marijuana issue to Rauner can be found here:


A later news release draft prepared but never sent by the Quinn administration on Jan. 11, with some of the top-scoring cultivation applicant names removed from the list of those to receive licenses can be found here:


Rauner’s administration says isn’t ready to act on those recommendations, though, saying they will conduct a thorough legal review of the process used by the Quinn administration and refer their findings to the Attorney General’s office.

No licenses will be granted until this process is thoroughly reviewed.

Even though medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, those suffering from cancer, epilepsy and other serious illnesses cannot legally use it until it’s grown and sold here.

The applications went through a blind scoring process. But the records obtained show it wasn’t that straightforward.

Below is a spread sheet showing the Quinn administration’s evaluation and scoring of businesses that applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Illinois, by special districts established for dispensary licenses, and a list of top-scoring applicants for marijuana cultivation licenses, by state police district.

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