Oakton to host free virtual cannabis license workshops this spring

Illinois cannabis license applicants and prospective applicants are invited to attend free workshops offered by Oakton Community College—to help them navigate the state’s licensing process and move closer to beginning careers in the emerging cannabis industry. 

Sessions will be held through the Zoom app this spring in an open-forum format, small group settings, and as small group consultations. Overview sessions are open to all, while the small group and consultation sessions are for those who qualify as social equity applicants.

Topics include legal and compliance training on state and local regulations including property ownership/zoning, operating agreements, fingerprint consent, cannabis industry best practices, and other services needed to operate a cannabis business. Illinois cannabis industry experts will lead the sessions.

Workshops are supported by a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. 

Upcoming workshops include:

  • 10-11 a.m., Saturday, June 4
  • Cannabis Infusion License Overview
    10 a.m. -12 p.m., Saturday, June 11
  • Cannabis Infusion License Consultation
    12-1 p.m., Saturday, June 11
  • Small-Group Workshop  (Operating Agreement)
    6-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 14

Register for sessions

For more information, email cannabisprograms@oakton.edu.

In fall 2019, Oakton launched the Cannabis Dispensary and Patient Care Specialist certificate program, becoming the first community college in the nation to offer a college-credit career certificate focused on the medical cannabis field.

Last fall, Oakton introduced a new Cannabis Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management certificate program to meet the growing needs of the cannabis industry. Oakton’s 14-credit hour certificate program will prepare transporters to apply state laws and regulations to transport and track cannabis securely.

The College launched a 12-credit hour Cannabis Cultivation Certificate this spring in its new hands-on cannabis cultivation lab on the Des Plaines campus. The lab is made possible by a generous donation from PharmaCann Inc., a leading national cannabis company.