Adult-Use Cannabis Food and Beverage Manufacturer License

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A person that is licensed may incorporate cannabis into foods or beverages as an ingredient. 


Eligible applicants must meet all licensing requirements as outlined in Section 44 of Public Act 21-1 (June Sp. Sess.), the Department’s policies and procedures, and all other relevant state and local laws and regulations.

Businesses that manufacture and sell food products, including bakeries, frozen desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages/cider in the state are licensed by the Department of Consumer Protection Food and Standards Program

Please contact the Food and Standards Program for guidance on what may be required by the state to manufacture food and beverages.

IMPORTANT: All individuals that are identified as backers associated with the cannabis establishment application must also complete a backer application before the close of the application window to ensure they are considered as part of the application.


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Application Fees

  General Social Equity
 Lottery  $250  $125
 Provisional $1,000 $500
 Final License          $5,000               $2,500

Most Common Licensing Pathway: Lottery


Lottery Application Period

Multiple lotteries for food and beverage manufacturer licenses will be held. DCP will announce the number of available licenses and the duration of the application period before each application period.


Lottery Round 1 - CLOSED

Application Open Date: 12:01 a.m. EST, March 3, 2022
Application Close Date: 11:59 p.m. EST, June 1, 2022

Only complete applications submitted and paid for by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date will be considered. 

Number of Applications for this License Type Allocated through the Lottery

Lottery Round 1: 5 general licenses, 5 Social Equity licenses

Future lottery rounds will be announced. Please check back at a later date.


Licensing Pathways Not Subject to the Lottery

These licensing pathways are not subject to the lottery and do not have a closing date for applications:


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Applicant and Backer License Limits (Section 40 of PA 21-1)

The Department cannot award a license to any applicant selected through the lottery that has two or more licensees of the same type, or in the same license category, or any applicant that includes a backer that has managerial control of or is a backer of two or more licensees of the same type, or in the same license category. Dispensary facility, retailer and hybrid retailer licenses shall be considered to be within the same license category and producer, cultivator and micro-cultivator licenses shall be considered to be within the same license category.
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