Before leaving office, former Gov. Pat Quinn received recommendations from his administration on which businesses should receive medical marijuana licenses – but he decided not to act.
That’s according to documents released this week by Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration to The Herald-News and other media outlets.
Cresco Labs LLC, eyeing a Joliet site for its growing operation, was among the businesses ranked by the state and ranked No. 1 in Illinois State Police District 5 – comprised of Will, Grundy and Kendall counties. Fourteen companies had applied in District 5.
Top-ranked companies seeking licenses to open dispensaries in the region include Midwest Compassion Center Inc. and 3C Compassionate Care Center, which have targeted sites in Shorewood and Naperville, respectively.
Just one cultivation center will receive a permit in Illinois State Police District 5, while three dispensaries will be awarded in Will County. There will be one dispensary in Grundy and Kendall counties.
Emails and other documents show Quinn was ready to award many of the licenses before he left office.
It’s unclear whether any of these rankings will change, now that Quinn decided to leave the decision to Rauner’s administration. Rauner once called the selection process “rigged,” and subject to cronyism.
An emailed statement Monday from Rauner’s office said officials would conduct “a thorough legal review” of the process used by Quinn’s administration and “refer our findings” to the Attorney General’s office.
“No licenses will be granted until this process is thoroughly reviewed,” the statement read.
But the fact that a company eyeing Joliet found itself on top of the state’s rankings is good news, said Jim Haller, the city’s community and economic development director.
“It doesn’t hurt to be top on the list,” said Haller, who noted Cresco Labs was “one of the first” businesses to approach city officials about the prospects of having a site in Joliet.
If approved, Cresco Labs LLC is planning to build a 37,600-square-foot facility at 23224 CenterPoint Way. The 11.2 acre site would include a 42-vehicle parking lot and room for a 34,200-square-foot addition.
Some companies on the list were disqualified, or put on hold. While the state ranked Greenhouse Group LLC high in two separate districts in the region, the state noted that rules were violated because the company’s “revocable trust has ownership interest.”
There was no further explanation given on the Greenhouse application.
Top-ranked cultivation center in Illinois State Police District 5 (Will, Grundy, Kendall counties)
1. Cresco Labs LLC
Top-ranked dispensaries in District 29 (Will County)
1. Midwest Compassion Center, Inc.
2. 3C Compassionate Care Center
3. Greenhouse Group LLC
4. Organic Leaf Medical Dispensaries LLC
5. Patient Health Center LLC
6. Serenade Leaf Global Partners
7. The Medmen of Illinois (withdrew application)
8. Medicann LLC
9. Natural Leaf Shoppe LLC
Top ranked dispensaries in District 25 (Grundy and Kendall counties)
1. Greenhouse Group LLC
2. Medicann LLC
3. Serenade Leaf Global Partners