Judge sends marijuana permit challenge back for changes

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A legal challenge to an Illinois nonprofit’s medical marijuana permit has been delayed. Vermilion County Judge Craig DeArmond on Wednesday sent attorneys for Shiloh Agronomics back to the drawing board. The lawyers now have 45 days to refile their petition with more details. Shiloh claims Shelby County Community Services should not be entitled to its marijuana cultivation permit because it has federal tax-exempt status and growing marijuana violates federal law. Attorney Dan Harris represents the Shelbyville nonprofit. He says the question should be of interest only to the IRS, which can tax the organization’s income under existing law. Shelby County Community Services runs a mental health clinic and recently won a permit to grow medical marijuana. Shiloh Agronomics lost the competition for the permit in the same district.