Irina Dashevsky, Senior Counsel in Locke Lord’s Chicago office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Cannabis Industry Group, was quoted by Weed Week on the decision by Illinois officials to pause the state’s cannabis license lottery to address issues raised by recent lawsuits. Dashevsky, who is representing multiple applicants in a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, said the state has not yet addressed a major issue raised by the litigants. She noted, “[The additional deficiency round] doesn’t change anything that we were going to do, other than some of the issues that we could have been fighting about have been addressed. But, fundamentally, we’re still at an impasse with respect to the veteran issue.”
Dashevsky continued to criticize the veteran ownership advantage in the application, commenting, “you still have two very distinct groups. One group will participate in the lotto, which is the 252 group, and the other group currently still cannot because they haven’t allowed the non-veterans to change their structures to become veteran-owned. So, they’re still precluded from getting those five points, and therefore precluded from the lottery. That part of our lawsuit remains extremely relevant.”
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