GTI claims social equity mantle as it quits Illinois cannabis trade group, but its own social equity record lacks sheen

5/3/21–the CEO of Green Thumb Industries (GTI), Ben Kovler, sent a letter to leaders of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois (CBAI), announcing that, “we have made the decision to withdraw our membership and leave the association as of today.” Green Thumb Industries’ announcement quickly overshadowed whatever progress was made in Friday’s Illinois House committee hearings, where cannabis social equity advocates have been striving to build consensus around a bill that would allow the state to issue 185 new dispensary licenses. Read