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The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act provides for the controlled legalization of adult use cannabis in Illinois beginning January 1, 2020. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is charged under the act with implementing and administrating multiple aspects of the program, including the licensing and oversight of dispensing organizations, dispensary agents, and agent education providers. This page contains general information for the public and potential licensees about the program’s administrative requirements and deadlines and frequently asked questions. This page will be regularly updated as new stages of the program are put into place in accordance with the timelines established by the legislation.

SECL Application Deadline Extended

Applications will now be accepted for the Social Equity Criteria Lottery through April 21, 2023. Learn more under the "Information for Social Equity Criteria Lottery" section below.

Program Information

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