Medical marijuana growers are lobbying for licenses that also would allow them to control supply of recreational pot in Illinois

RFI Policy Director Alisa Kaplan was quoted in this article.

Via – The Chicago Tribune

Medical marijuana growers, once banned from making political contributions, are now spending money to influence the expected legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois in an effort to keep that market to themselves — at least temporarily.

Leading members of the industry have formed a political action committee, hired a former state senator as a lobbyist and begun contributing to political office holders.

The aim is to limit cultivation licenses being issued to competitors if recreational pot is legalized. Critics say that would create a market that benefits a small number of growers at the expense of retail marijuana stores and the public. And it runs counter to two new studies that find that demand will race past the current capacity.

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