CHICAGO — Illinois officials released figures Thursday detailing how medical marijuana business applications are distributed around the state, the first indication of where competition will be fiercest for a limited number of cultivation center and dispensary permits.
The numbers show intense rivalry in some regions, but less competition — and none at all — in some areas. For instance, there are no applicants vying for dispensary licenses in DeKalb County. Meanwhile, in Evanston and Niles townships, where only one dispensary will be allowed, the applicants fighting for the lucrative business number 15.
The state’s new medical marijuana program will hold a second application period for districts where no qualified applications were submitted at some point after the first selection, although the date hasn’t been set, state officials said Thursday.