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Edie Moore, a fierce proponent of diversifying the industry who serves as the executive director of Chicago NORML, a marijuana advocacy group, couldn’t hold back her frustrations about the prospect of social equity firms now dumping licenses so many in the state fought hard to get to them.

Should a social equity applicant sell a license to a firm that doesn’t qualify, the buyer must pay back any fees that were waived and any cash owed for state-issued loans or grants.

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Edie Moore expressed frustration with social equity applicants quickly selling their licenses. Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

“I’m not upset for people who want to get a payday. But I thought that they had got into this business to be in this business, not to just make a quick buck,” said Moore, who helped write the latest pot law and has already won a dispensary permit.

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“We really are committed to meeting the challenge to make the industry diverse, and we want people to be successful,” she said. “But if they can’t, we certainly want to be able to provide them with enough resources and guidance on how to move forward.”

Peoria has one dispensary that sells only to recreational customers, operated by Trinity, located at 2304 W. Glen Ave. In Galesburg, there is Nature’s Treatment of the Quad Cities which also is only a recreational dispensary.

A list of qualifying conditions can be found at www.dph.illinois.gov. Those who drive school buses or have a commercial driver’s license to drive large vehicles can’t get a medical marijuana card.

The cannabis must be transported in a secured, sealed or resealable, odor-proof, child-resistant cannabis container that is inaccessible to passengers. Unlawfully possessing cannabis in a motor vehicle is a Class A misdemeanor, Hall said. And if an officer can detect the odor of marijuana, they can ask to search the vehicle.

A full of the state’s approved sites can be found on the state Department of Public Health website.

Where can you get recreational or medical marijuana in the Peoria area?

The laws are complex, but in a nutshell, those over 21 can legally possess up to 30 grams of marijuana or up to 500 grams of THC (the active ingredient in the plant that makes a person get “high”) in a cannabis-infused product, or up to 5 grams of marijuana concentrate, such as oils or medicated creams.

Also, there is a RISE dispensary in Canton operated by Evergreen Dispensary, LLC, which sells both medical and recreational marijuana.

Private sales are prohibited. Cannabis must only be purchased from a state-approved dispensary.

What about medical marijuana?

In short: Keep the marijuana or the related products in their sealed container until you get home to avoid issues.

Additionally, medical marijuana users must take a field sobriety test or chemical testing if asked. If a patient refuses testing and/or is found guilty of DUI/cannabis, their medical cannabis card can be revoked.