Jan. 1, 2020 will bring the new year in with a bang for Illinois residents. Here is the down and dirty on how regulation will look in the State. ..So now that this legalization has passed, what’s next?
Qualified Medical Patients
Access to Cannabis for qualified Medical Patients
As a qualified medical patient and DIY enthusiast myself. I like many others am most excited about the allowance of home growing in the new law. Qualified medical patients will be allowed to grow and possess up to 5 plants in their home. non-patients are not allowed to grow marijuana at home – punishable by a civil penalty of $200 for growing up to five plants.
For recreational users
If you are not currently registered as a qualified medical patient with the State of Illinois and are only a recreational user, you are not allowed to grow your own at this time. But can still legally purchase from licensed dispensaries. An earlier draft of Illinois’ cannabis legalization bill would have allowed recreational users to grow up to five pot plants at home. Facing push back from opponents who claimed home grown pot could be diverted into the black market, the bill was revised to limit personal cultivation to medical patients. I personally believe, there will be another opportunity to discuss this as the dust settles with all the new changes.
How do I become a patient?
Most dispensaries have educational resources on this, if you are in Chicago visit our friends at Innovative wellness. They guide you through the whole process and make it quick and painless.
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FAQ – CANNABIS IN ILLINOIS
WHO IS ALLOWED TO GROW AND SELL?
Qualified medical cannabis patients will be allowed to grow up to five plants each at home. Only the 20 existing licensed medical marijuana cultivation facilities will be licensed to grow it initially. Next year, craft growers may apply for licenses to cultivate up to 5,000 square feet, with preference given to applicants from minority areas disproportionately affected by the war on drugs, such as the South and West sides of Chicago. Medical marijuana dispensaries and new retail stores will be licensed to sell it. While home cannabis deliveries came up during Illinois’ last legislative session, lawmakers wanted to wait until the initial legalization bill had passed to address those types of sales.
WHO CAN PURCHASE LEGALLY IN ILLINOIS?
Illinois residents age 21 and over may possess up to 30 grams or about 1 ounce of flower (roughly as much as an adult can hold in cupped hands), 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, or 500 milligrams of THC — the chemical that gets users high — in a cannabis-infused product such as gummies and other candy, tinctures and lotions. Adult visitors to the state may possess up to 15 grams of marijuana.
WHERE IS CONSUMPTION PROHIBITED?
Municipalities and counties may ban cannabis businesses within their boundaries, but may not ban individual possession. Any person, business or landlord may prohibit use on private property. Colleges and universities may continue to prohibit marijuana use.
*While we try to keep this page as up to date as possible, the information provided on this page is strictly to be used as an educational resource and is not legal advice. Always make sure to check that you know the latest legislation. Please always adhere to your local city / State laws.