Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday issued licenses for groups that will be allowed to grow and sell medical marijuana.
The move comes after the new Republican governor heavily criticized the process under Democratic predecessor Gov. Pat Quinn, who left office in January without granting licenses despite receiving recommendations from state officials.
Of the 22 cultivation centers allowed under the law, Rauner granted permits for 18 companies to begin operating. Another three are under additional review, while one district did not receive any applications.
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