The 1937 Group, Ltd., a minority-owned, vertically-integrated cannabis company in Illinois, is launching a Cannabis Incubator Program to help members of the community apply for a social equity license. 

The Cannabis Incubator will offer resources and assistance in collaboration with The 1937 Foundation and Parkway Dispensary. Assistance includes:

  • Business formation
  • Legal templates/agreements
  • Documentation review
  • Dispensary site selection
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Investor connections
  • Marketing planning and development
  • Supply chain strategy

"Just 2% of current Illinois dispensaries are majority BIPOC owned. This statistic is more than just disheartening – it's disgraceful," said Ambrose Jackson, CEO of The 1937 Group. "Illinois has already recorded over $3 billion in recreational cannabis sales with almost zero minority representation. As a leading minority-owned cannabis company, our mission is to help change this paradigm and drive the betterment of our communities through representation and ownership in this privileged, corporate-dominated industry."

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will begin accepting applications for 55 conditional cannabis dispensary licenses on Jan. 30. The licenses will be distributed across 17 Bureau of Labor Statistics regions.

The 1937 Group will host a free informational webinar Jan. 4 at 5:30 p.m. CST. The webinar will provide an overview of the application and Social Equity criteria, plus information and resources from individuals who have successfully navigated this complex process.