Illinois revises marijuana licenses process after complaints

By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has tweaked how business owners seeking recreational marijuana licenses can apply. The move comes after complaints that the process favored politically connected and rich applicants over minorities and veterans who were supposed to benefit. Recreational marijuana sales started in January. The Illinois law allowing such sales was touted for so-called social equity provisions designed to address racial disparities and other inequities in the decades long drug war. However, some applicants say they were shut out. The state says rejected applicants will now get a second shot and can revise their proposals.