Social Equity Applicants Sue Illinois Over Cannabis Lottery System

Marijuana Plant
Marijuana plants are pictured at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Baker Medical Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
Marijuana Plant
Marijuana plants are pictured at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Baker Medical Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Social Equity Applicants Sue Illinois Over Cannabis Lottery System

Nearly two dozen groups are suing Illinois to keep new cannabis retail licenses from going to “politically connected” companies. Only 21 out of 700 groups qualified for the state’s lottery system to determine who will be allowed to open pot shops.

Reset takes a closer look at the state’s cannabis lottery system and why lawmakers say Black and brown business owners are being left behind.

GUESTS: State Rep. Sonya Harper (D-Chicago)

Rickey Hendon, former state senator and social equity applicant