Oakton to Host Free Virtual Cannabis Dispensary License Workshops This Spring

Illinois cannabis dispensary 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 one-on-one consultations. Applicants throughout the state can participate via livestream. Overview sessions are open to all, while the one-on-one and small group sessions are for those who qualify as social equity applicants.

Topics include legal and compliance training on state and local regulations including zoning and reporting, cannabis industry best practices, developing a business plan and other services needed to operate a cannabis business. Oakton’s medical cannabis program faculty and members of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois will lead the sessions.

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

Upcoming workshops include:

  • One-on-One Consulting
    6-9 p.m., Monday, March 22
  • Small Group Workshop (Developing a Business Plan)
    3-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 23
  • Cannabis Dispensary License Overview Session
    9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 27
  • Small Group Workshop (Operating Agreements)
    2-3 p.m., Monday, April 5
  • Cannabis Dispensary License Overview Session
    7-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 6
  • One-on-One Consulting
    9-12 a.m., Saturday, April 10
  • One-on-One Consulting
    6-9 p.m., Monday, April 19
  • Small Group Workshop (Developing a Security Plan)
    6-7 p.m., Thursday, April 22
  • Cannabis Dispensary License Overview Session
    10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 24
  • Small Group Workshop (Developing a Floor Plan)
    10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 28
  • Cannabis Dispensary License Overview Session
    7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29
  • One-on-One Consulting
    9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 1

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 also recently announced plans to build a cannabis program cultivation lab on the Des Plaines campus, made possible by a generous donation from PharmaCann Inc., a leading national cannabis company. Pending approval, Oakton will offer a Cannabis Cultivation Certificate in spring 2022, which will include hands-on learning in the cultivation lab.

Event Details

Virtual Workshops starting
March 22, 2021 and continuing
through May 1, 2021

Register in advance.

For more information, email cannabisprograms@oakton.edu.

VIRTUAL, Off Campus