SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials have identified areas of Illinois where applicants to grow and sell marijuana legally would get preference under the law’s social equity provision.
Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration released a map showing 683 Census tracts considered “disproportionately impacted” by past marijuana enforcement.READ MORE: Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy Confirms Justin Fields Has Cracked Ribs, Denies Latest Round Of Rumors
Two million people live in these areas that had higher-than-typical rates of arrests, conviction and incarceration for marijuana, along with poverty.READ MORE: Former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton Faces Driving While Intoxicated Charge After Recent In Northwest Indiana
The state on Tuesday begins accepting a new round of applications for marijuana cultivators, dispensaries and more.
Applicants with majority ownership of the proposed enterprise who have lived in one of these areas for five of the past 10 years or have been arrested for certain marijuana offenses will get additional points when the applications are scored.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Slight Warm Up On The Way
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