Budding entrepreneurs interested in pursuing careers in the emerging cannabis industry can enroll in one of Oakton Community College’s cutting-edge cannabis training programs this spring – tuition-free – thanks to a renewed grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).

The grant will allow up to 45 individuals who meet Illinois’ Social Equity Applicant (SEA) criteria and plan to apply for an Illinois cannabis business license or who have received a business license to enroll in Oakton’s Cannabis Patient Care Specialist Certificate, Cannabis Transportation Logistics, and Supply Chain Certificate or Cannabis Cultivation Certificate.

The grant is funded through the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act Social Equity Program.

Criteria to qualify as a Social Equity Applicant includes (but are not limited to):

• The applicant’s dispensary would have at least 51% ownership and control by an individual who has resided in an area disproportionately impacted by previous cannabis laws.

• The applicant or a family member has been arrested or convicted of an offense eligible for expungement under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

• The dispensary would employ ten or more individuals, of which at least 51% live in a disproportionately impacted area or have been arrested or convicted of an expungement-eligible cannabis

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