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Illinois Dispensary and Cultivation Center Application Window Now Open

Monday marked the opening of the application window for dispensaries and cultivation centers in Illinois. But by noon on the first day, not a single application had been filed.

The applications require intense disclosure of financing, security measures and proposed plans for building out facilities. There are only 22 available licenses for cultivation centers and 60 for dispensaries, and competition is expected to be fierce. Applications will be scored based on a point system, with licenses going to the highest-ranked businesses.

The state of Illinois saw more than 2,000 applications for patient licenses in the first week of September. Applications for patients with last names starting with A through L are currently being accepted; patients with last names M through Z can apply starting in November.


About Michael Mayes

As Chief Executive Officer for Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has assisted in funding some of the largest commercial cannabis projects in the world. Michael has been a cannabis investor since 2009 in Colorado’s first legal for-profit cannabis market. As the co-founder and CEO of Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has spent years designing technology and collaborating with countless consultants on the forefront of the cannabis industry. Collaborating with the brightest minds and contributing to world-class organizations has been an incredibly enlightening and rewarding experience for him. Also, he has amassed a comprehensive and award-winning team engaged globally for public policy best practices through the prioritization of environmental sustainability and patient care. Michael is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), contributor to Marijuana Business Daily, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Tampa Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Tampa Tribune, Sativa Magazine, CBC and the Daily Herald. His media appearances include several CBS and WGN appearances and international presence on BNN Commodities in Canada. On the public policy front, Michael and his team were instrumental in their work of drafting the Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill for Senator Perry Clark. Most recently, Michael taught a class for the International Pharmaceutical Academy in Toronto, Canada. He spoke on Cannabis Pharmacology, and the effects cannabis has on the endocannabinoid system.

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