Illinois cultivation centers are the only businesses in the state that can legally grow cannabis plants manufacture concentrated and infused products. All of a cultivation center’s growing and processing activities take place on the same premises. Some companies are licensed to operate multiple cultivation centers.
One Illinois cultivation center license per State Police district
Illinois medical cannabis law creates one cultivation center license in each State Police district. Winning licensees were identified in early Feb 2015 following a competitive application process that attracted more than a dozen applicants in some districts.
Some companies who obtained IL cultivation centers licenses also obtained dispensary licenses, thereby becoming vertically integrated businesses. As in other states, vertical integration in Illinois yields substantial market advantages over competitors who are not.
- See also: List of Illinois dispensaries
Illinois Cultivation Center Names, Locations
PharmaCann: Operates cultivation centers in District 1 (Hillcrest, Ogle County) and District 6 (Dwight, Livingston County). Also operates four dispensaries in Chicago suburbs through the Pharmacannis brand in Evanston, Ottawa, North Aurora, and Schaumburg. The company is also a licensee in New York’s medical cannabis program.
Illinois Grown Medicine: Operates a cultivation center in District 3 (Chicago, Cook County).
Bedford Grow: Operates a cultivation center in District 4 (Chicago, Cook County).
Cresco Labs: Operates cultivation centers in District 5 (Joliet, Will County), District 9 (Lincoln, Logan County), and District 21 (Kankakee, Kankakee County).
Green Thumb Industries: GTI operates cultivation centers in District 7 (Rock Island, Rock Island County) and District 17 (Oglesby, LaSalle County). The company also operates two GTI Clinic dispensaries in the Chicago suburb Mundelein and the City of Effingham in Southern Illinois.
Revolution Cannabis: Sometimes listed as American Cannabis Enterprises or ACE Revolution, the company operates cultivation centers in District 8 (Delavan, Tazewell County) and District 20 (Barry, Pike County).
Shelby County Community Services: SCCS operates a cultivation center in District 10 (Shelbyville, Shelby County).
Progressive Treatment Solutions: PTS operates a cultivation center in District 11 (East St. Louis, St. Clair County).
Effingham Medicinal Farms: Operates a cultivation center in District 12 (Effingham, Effingham County).
IESO: Operates a cultivation center in District 13 (Murphysboro, Jackson County).
Nature’s Grace and Wellness: Operates a cultivation center in District 14 (Vermont, Fulton County).
In Grown Farms: Operates a cultivation center in District 16 (Freeport, Stephenson County).
Ataraxia: Operates a cultivation center in District 19 (Albion, Edwards County).
Wellness Group Pharms: Operates a cultivation center in District 22 (Anna, Union County).
See also: Many of the licensed cultivation centers and dispensaries are members of an industry association called the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois (MCAI).