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David Standa Quoted on Scoring System and “Human Factor” in Social Equity Application Process for Craft Marijuana Growers in Illinois

January 20, 2020

David Standa, a Partner in Locke Lord’s Cannabis Industry Group, provided insight to the Daily Herald on the social equity application process with The Illinois Department of Agriculture for potential craft marijuana growers. The department will award up to 40 licenses by July 1. Standa said the scoring of applications is designed to be based on factual components. Those include the suitability of the proposed facility and employee training plan, plus plans for safety, cultivation, record-keeping and more. He continued, "When it comes to reviewing someone's record, I am not sure how much the human factor will have an effect. It's still going to be, 'Hey, let's look at the application as a whole and how many points are they eligible for. ... Are they in the top 40 applicants and if so, do they get a license?"

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