Nonprofit’s medical marijuana license challenged in court

An unusual legal case is brewing in central Illinois over whether a tax-exempt organization should be able to grow medical marijuana.
    
Attorney Sean Britton filed a petition Friday in Coles County Circuit Court. It seeks the court’s permission to file a lawsuit against Shelby County Community Services, a Shelbyville nonprofit.
    
Britton says the nonprofit has federal tax-exempt status, which should bar it from breaking federal law. He says since growing marijuana is illegal under federal law, the group was never eligible for an Illinois cannabis business license.
    
Britton expects the court to decide later this month whether his lawsuit can be filed to resolve the question.
    
Britton represents Shiloh Agronomics, a for-profit business that lost out in the competition for a marijuana cultivation license in Illinois State Police District 10.

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