Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization

Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License application for Illinois is out

Qualified businesses which do not currently hold a Medical Cannabis Dispensing Organization License in Illinois, can apply for a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License. What exactly is the difference between a Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License and an Adult Use Dispensing Organization License? Here how it works:

Bureau of Labor Statistics Region to Operate

As explained in Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) website (https://www.idfpr.com/profs/adultusecan.asp), IDFPR will award “Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses,” which do not entitle the holder to purchase or sell cannabis.

The license holder has 180 days, after award, to find a location within its assigned Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Region to operate. After the Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License holder has found a suitable location, passed an inspection by the Department, and paid its registration fee, IDFPR will award the license holder an Adult Use Dispensing Organization License, which authorizes obtain and sell cannabis legally IAW (in abidance with) Illinois Cannabis and Regulation Tax Act.

The competition is very tense as IDFPR is anticipated to only award up to 75 Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses. As stated in the website, only a certain number of licenses will be awarded in each of the 17 BLS Regions in Illinois based region’s percentage of the state population.

Applicants Ranking

IDFPR will rank applicants using the following scale:

• Suitability of Employee Training Plan (15 points)

• Security and Record Keeping (65 points)

• Business Plan, Financials, Operating Plan, and Floor Plan (65 points)

• Knowledge and Experience in Cannabis or Related Fields (30 points)

• Status as a Social Equity Applicant (50 points)

• Labor and Employment Practices (5 points)

• Environmental Plan (5 points)

• Illinois Owner (5 points)

• Status as a Veteran (5 points)

• Diversity Plan (5 points)

Total: 250 point

Dispensary floor plan design in Illinois

Based on the guidelines highlighted in the application text, to ensure highest score, a proposed floor plan should include the layout and estimated square footage of the predicted dispensary, and a description of the proposed security devices.

The proposed floor plan must demonstrate:

  • Applicants dept of knowledge on all applicable legal requirements
  • Dispensary suitable status for public access
  • Ensure safe dispensing of cannabis
  • Compliancy with the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the Environmental Barriers Act
  • Facilitate safe product handling and storage
  • Floor plan should also include a reasonable assurance that the issuance of a license will not have a detrimental impact on the community in which the applicant wishes to locate.

Per IDFPR instructions,  proposed floor plan shall show and identify:

1. Layout and square footage of each room;

2. Name and function of each room;

3. The location and details of any signage or information required by law to be posted in the dispensary;

4. A detailed description of the features that will provide accessibility to purchasers as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act;

5. A description of the air treatment system that will be installed to reduce odors;

6. A description of the enclosed, locked facility where cannabis will be stored by the dispensing organization;

7. Doorways or pathways between rooms;

8. Means of ingress and egress;

9. Location of restricted access areas;

10. Location of cannabis storage areas while the dispensary is open for business;

11. Location of cannabis storage areas while the dispensary is closed for business;

12. Location of the sink and refrigerator, if any;

13. Location of all safes or vaults that will be used to store cannabis, cannabis products or currency;

14. Dimension of all safes or vaults that will be used to store cannabis, cannabis products or currency;

15. Location of each computer and cash register used for point of sale;

16. Location of each toilet facility;

17. Location of a break room and personal storage lockers, if any;

18. Location of each video camera; and

19. Location of each panic button and glass break.

All those to what to apply must gear up for a tight competition. We hope that these tips could have helped you plan more wisely. Allow us to team with you early in the game.

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