Green Soap Box 2021: Cannabis Sustainability and Equity in Illinois

Green Soap Box 2021: Cannabis Sustainability and Equity in Illinois

Cannabis Sustainability and Equity in Illinois

What is Green Soap Box?

Green Soap Box is an annual event, organized by the Delta Emerging Leaders Associate Board, that explores an environmental issue impacting our local community. You are invited to join in our next virtual Green Soap Box discussion with local experts participating in a panel. This year’s topic will focus on Cannabis Sustainability and Equity in Illinois.

Why Cannabis?

Cannabis is a rapidly evolving industry nationwide, and especially in Illinois since the Cannabis Regulation in Tax Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. However, there are still many considerations that need attention and dialogue to ensure that the industry grows in an environmentally sustainable way and through a lens of promoting equity. Cannabis is the most energy-intensive agricultural crop in the United States, requiring both heavy water consumption and energy. Parts of the Illinois Act worked to address some of these concerns, including required measurements of water runoff, limits on energy consumption, and more.

Our event will also touch base on According to the Act, existing medical marijuana license holders could receive an early start and begin adult-use recreational sales on Jan. 1, 2020. Out of all the existing medical marijuana license holders in Illinois, none were people of color. So, although the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act was intended to address the racial inequities, many prospective BIPOC owners are still awaiting their licenses.

Please join us as we explore more of these topics in depth – and stay for a live Question & Answer session where you can submit your own questions to the panelist experts.


Date and Time

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
6:30pm-8:00pm Central
This event will be hosted virtually on Zoom.


Phoebe DePree

CEO and Co-Founder, Goddess Growers

Mila Marshall

Principal Owner, Herb & Planning Associates

Quinn Rallins

Lecturer at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Mykel Selph

Vice President of Social Equity & Education Development (SEED) Initiative at Cresco Labs


Ben Gelt

Chair, Cannabis Certification Council


The suggested donation for this online event is $10.00, though contributions of all sizes are welcome. Contributions will be used to support Delta Institute’s work in collaborating with communities across the Midwest to solve complex environmental challenges. All are welcome to attend this educational webinar; suggested audience is for adults age 21 years and older.

Silent Auction

Whether or not you can join us at the event, feel free to support our work by bidding on one of our many silent auction items. Click here to see the full auction.

Special thanks to all the organizations who donated to support this year’s silent auction including Block Bins, Buff City Soap, Dark Matter Coffee, Fresh Picks, L&M Fine Foods, Little Saturday Stitches, Loyola University Chicago School of Environmental Sustainability, Meliora, Music Box Theater, Off Color Brewing, Old Irving Brewing Co., and The Spice House.

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