BUCKTOWN — One of the first recreational cannabis dispensaries to be issued a social equity license by the State of Illinois is now open in Bucktown.
Ivy Hall sells a variety of smokeable flower, tinctures, topicals and other THC and CBD products.
The dispensary’s social equity license is one of the first two issued last week by the state after a series of delays that held up almost 200 other licenses.
Sixty-one percent of Ivy Hall is Black-owned. The ownership team includes Nigel Dandridge and his family, who are from Chicago and applied as the dispensary’s social equity licensees. Dandridge has worked in the cannabis industry in Denver and elsewhere, but Ivy Hall is his first foray in Chicago, he said.
“Even though I’ve been in the industry for years, my family hasn’t been able to participate. And this has just been a really exciting way for them to do so. And we’re just excited to be able to have this opportunity for not just me but the rest of my family as well,” Dandridge said.