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2021 Cannabis Regulation
Mission Statement
Program Goals and Objectives
  1. Provide and effective regulatory environment for the development of a safe, sound, and equitable cannabis and help industry in Illinois.
    1. Complete thorough, consistent, and timely reviews of all licensees and ensure the health and safety of licensees, patients, and consumers through an effective inspections process.
Source of Funds Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Fund, Cannabis Regulation Fund Statutory Authority 410 ILCS 705
Fiscal Year 2022 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2021 Actual Fiscal Year 2021 Target/Projected Fiscal Year 2020 Actual Fiscal Year 2019 Actual
Input Indicators
Total expenditures - all sources (in thousands) (a) $ 18,000.0 $ 8,244.6 $ 5,000.0 $ 2,156.4 $ 0.0
Total expenditures - state appropriated funds (in thousands) (a) $ 18,000.0 $ 8,244.6 $ 5,000.0 $ 2,156.4 $ 0.0
Average monthly full-time equivalents (a) 35.0 13.0 8.0 4.0 0.0
Output Indicators
Number of cultivation centers licensed 21.0 21.0 101.0 21.0 21.0
Number of registered products 5,000 1,858 5,000 1,179 658.0
Number of Craft Growers Licensed 100.0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of infusers licensed 54.0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Number of transporters licensed 188.0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Outcome Indicators
Number of enforcement actions and fines 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 1.0
Explanatory Information

The Division of Cannabis Regulation (Division) licenses and inspects cannabis producers, both in the State to promote the development of a safe, sound, and equitable cannabis industry in the State. The Division at the end of fiscal year 2021 had granted renewal licenses to the 21 medical and adult use cannabis cultivation centers, initially licensed in 2015 under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. In fiscal year 2022, the Division will have increased licensee number to account for the creation of new license types in the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, including craft growers, infusers, and transporters. No licenses for those three types of entities were issued in fiscal year 2021. In addition, the Division registers all cannabis products available for sale in the State and credentials all employees and principal officers of all of the previously mentioned license types, cannabis production, and transportation employees. Increases in product registrations in both fiscal year 2020 and fiscal year 2021 are due to the number of new products developed by cannabis producers, after the legalization of adult- use cannabis, and are expected to continue to rise in future years.

Expenditures exceeded projected fiscal year 2021 expenditures due primarily costs to implement new regulatory software packages and scoring of applications submitted to the Division for new licensure programs. Fiscal year 2022 Projected expenditures expected to increase significantly as the Division continues to increase the number of licensees and staffing levels needed to accommodate the additional regulatory burden.

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