New medical marijuana lawsuits question Illinois permits

CHICAGO (AP) — More lawsuits have been filed against the state of Illinois over medical marijuana growers’ permits. Two new complaints were filed in recent weeks and affect cultivation centers with permits in southwestern Illinois and Cook County.

In one, a competitor claims a permit was issued improperly to Progressive Treatment Solutions before the company had secured required zoning approval in East St. Louis. A company called Madison County Labs filed the lawsuit challenging Progressive’s permit.

In the other case, unsuccessful applicant Medponics Illinois has sued the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Bedford Grow, a permit winner in Chicago.

Messages seeking comment from Progressive and Bedford Grow were not immediately returned.

There are now four separate medical marijuana lawsuits that name the Department of Agriculture as a defendant.