Cannabis Legalization in Illinois

On June 25, 2019, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill legalizing the adult use of cannabis in Illinois making it the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults.

Aspiring retailers in the cannabis market were given just weeks to get a license, and the race is on to get over 50 Illinois adult-use stores open.  

We’ve come a long way from our nation’s first legalization of medical marijuana in California way back in 1996. So what happens next? We’ve summarized the highlights of the 610-page bill for you. 

Stores open on January 1, 2020. Customers must be 21 or older and should present a valid ID.  

Additionally, personal rights also take effect January 1, 2020. Residents 21 and older can possess 30 grams or less (about an ounce) of flower, 5 grams of hash, and edibles containing 500 milligrams or less of the psychoactive ingredient, THC. 

Visitors from out-of-state have to abide by stricter laws, limiting them to only 15 grams of flower. As long as you are 21 or older and have a valid ID, you can buy and carry cannabis. Just be aware of limitations on where you are allowed to smoke it and how to properly transport it.

Moreover, Criminal Justice Savings start as soon as possible. Those previously arrested for marijuana possession or other minor cannabis crimes can petition the court to expunge their arrest depending on the conditions surrounding their arrest. Expunging of old records will begin in 2020.

All in all, Illinois is bound to be busy this year, and we’re hoping other states follow their lead!

Shelby CookComment