Medical Marijuana business licenses decided before Quinn left office
CHICAGO - Newly released documents have revealed that the state's medical marijuana program had recommended 18 businesses to grow the drug and 56 businesses to sell it prior to former Governor Pat Quinn leaving office.
The documents, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, did show that some businesses that scored highly had known political connections. However, those businesses were put on hold or disqualified at some point during the selection process.
Quinn did not act on the program's recommendations, which allows Governor Bruce Rauner and his administration to award cultivation and distribution licenses.
The medical marijuana program's director also prepared a draft news release, which listed the 18 winners of the licenses, as well as three businesses that wouldn't be given licenses. Two of those businesses are located in Cook County, while the third encompasses southern Illinois counties.