A study commissioned by Illinois state lawmakers has determined that the state’s licensed health-related marijuana growers would not be in a position to hold up with demand if recreational pot is legalized. The report, by Colorado consulting firm Freeman and Koski, predicts that the 16 licensed cannabis cultivators would only be in a position to meet 35 to 44 % of demand if the recreational use of pot is legalized. The study’s estimates have been primarily based on investigation that shows eight % of Illinois residents admit to working with cannabis and the state’s robust tourism market.

With state leaders like new Gov. J.B. Pritzker calling for an finish to the criminalization of cannabis, some see an chance to diversify Illinois’ legal marijuana market. Democratic Sen. Toi Hutchinson of Chicago Heights mentioned that the state’s cannabis market really should be opened up to consist of entrepreneurs from communities disproportionately impacted by America’s war on drugs.

“We have a complete market that is treating it like the gold rush, but you have generations of people who are nevertheless living with all the impacts of what the criminal justice technique did to them,” mentioned Hutchinson. “It’s unfair to talk about this in any other way.”

The study was commissioned by Chicago Democrats Sen. Heather Steans and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who favor legalizing recreational marijuana and diversification of the market. Fellow Democrat Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth of Peoria also supports reform, saying the owners of cannabis firms really should reflect the neighborhood.

“When we speak about equity, this market really should appear like the globe,” mentioned Gordon-Booth. “It really should not just be for wealthy, white guys.”

Not Sufficient Legal Pot Enables the Illicit Market place

The report noted that either also small or also considerably licensed cultivation capacity can have detrimental effects on a newly legal cannabis market place. Not sufficient legal pot raises costs, hurting shoppers and enabling illicit operators. But a surplus of cannabis and resulting low costs hurt producers and threat diversion to the black market place in states but to legalize pot.

“Systems that either considerably fall brief of demand or that oversupply the market place produce public policy challenges,” the report reads. “Avoiding each is an critical expectation from the public, from producers, and from public wellness and public security officials.”

Other investigation has also indicated a will need for far more cultivation capacity in Illinois. A report from the Illinois chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws identified that devoid of far more growers health-related marijuana provide issues, like shortages of some goods and the most pricey legal pot in the nation, would be exacerbated by the legalization of recreational cannabis.

John Hudak, a co-author of the Freedman & Koski report, mentioned that medicinal cannabis sufferers really should make any issues about greater costs they may well have identified.

“The health-related cannabis neighborhood is extremely vocal,” Hudak mentioned. “If they really feel they are becoming mistreated simply because of the legalization for adult (recreational) use, they let the media know, they let legislators know. It can turn into a genuine public relations nightmare for the market.”

Former state senator Pam Althoff, who now heads the Health-related Cannabis Alliance of Illinois, declined to comment on the report till the market group’s board has a opportunity to study it. She added that the organization has commissioned its personal study on cannabis demand in Illinois, the outcomes of which really should be released inside days.