Cresco Labs Will Launch the Illinois Cannabis Education Center in Chicago

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<![CDATA[In December, the team at Cresco Labs’ Social Equity and Educational Development (SEED) initiative gathered at the site of a formerly licensed dispensary in Chicago, near Wrigley Field. While the company had moved its neighborhood retail location up the street to a new 10,000-sq.-ft. space, the old spot was still on the books. A plan emerged.The idea, unveiled on that December morning, was to open the Illinois Cannabis Education Center—to use the brick-and-mortar dispensary bones as a way of reeling in and training people who are interested in contributing to the industry.Chima Enyia, executive vice president of SEED, points to the four pillars of this Cresco Labs initiative: education, entrepreneurship, workforce development and restorative justice. All four will form the support structure for the new platform.“When we talk about, the Cannabis Education Center, we’re not the first or the last to dive into social equity work,” he says. “There are plenty of community organizations who have been doing this work, who have been doing a phenomenal job at fighting this fight, and we really just wanted to lend our support in the effort in the ways that we can. We moved a dispensary from one location to another, and instead of getting rid of that dispensary facility, we decided to transition that into a full scale cannabis education center. Essentially, we have everything in it but the cannabis. Right now, the average person in Illinois can’t walk into a dispensary and walk in behind the desk or behind the counter or go into the vault and see how those things operate.”Once the Illinois Cannabis Education Center, that’s what the space will become: an immersive industry training ground. Students and community members interested in getting into the business will have a place to work out their training and technique behind the…

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