Cannabis Legal in Illinois | Source: The Happy Campers
Ladies and gentlemen, mark your calendars because history has been made! On January 1st, 2020, Illinois made a bold move that had cannabis enthusiasts jumping for joy and skeptics scratching their heads. That’s right; recreational cannabis is now legal and available to those who are 21 years and older in the Land of Lincoln. Can I get a hell yeah?
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering what this means for you, your friends, and family. Well, we’re here to break it down for you, my friend. Whether you’re a seasoned smoker, a curious newbie, or just looking to dabble, this is the article for you.
We’re going to explore the ins and outs of Illinois’ new cannabis law, including where to buy, how much to possess, and what the heck is going on with the whole growing thing. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get ready to dive into the green goodness. Are you ready? Let’s do this!
The Basics of the New Cannabis Law
The Legality of Cannabis | Source: Wikimedia Commons
Alright, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of Illinois’ new cannabis law. First things first, adults who are 21 and over can legally get their hands on up to 30 grams of cannabis flower at a time. That’s right, you can finally say goodbye to sketchy back alley deals and hello to certified state-licensed dispensaries! The state formally legalized recreational marijuana on Jan. 1, 2020 after House Bill 1438 was signed into law last June.
Now, if you’re not a resident of Illinois, don’t get too excited just yet. Nonresidents are allowed to purchase up to 15 grams, but let’s not get carried away and try to transport it across state lines. We don’t want any run-ins with the Feds, y’all.
But here’s the thing, just because cannabis is legal now doesn’t mean you can go full Cheech and Chong. It’s still a controlled substance, so be responsible, people. Don’t overindulge and make sure to follow the rules. Trust us, you don’t want to be the person who ruins it for everyone else. So, go ahead and enjoy the green goodness, but do it in moderation.
Where Can You Get Your Hands on Cannabis Now?
The state of Illinois has got you covered with licensed and certified dispensaries where you can legally purchase cannabis. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and treat yo’ self!
But hold up, before you go running out the door, let’s talk about the rules. These dispensaries are strictly for adults who are 21 years and older, so don’t forget to bring your ID, folks! And no, your expired high school ID doesn’t count. Sorry, not sorry.
Now, we know it’s tempting to light up and show the world that you’re living your best life, but hold your horses, cowboy. It’s still illegal to smoke in public, so let’s keep it lowkey. Only consume cannabis in the privacy of your own home, and whatever you do, don’t be that guy or gal who gets cited for public consumption. Trust us, it’s not a good look.
Go ahead and enjoy the green goodness, but do it responsibly and follow the rules. And if you need some inspiration for the perfect smoke sesh, we’ve got you covered.
What about Growing Your Own Cannabis?
Growing Cannabis | Source: Unsplash
Are you ready to get your hands dirty and start growing your own cannabis? Well, hold on to your hats, folks, because the new Illinois law allows you to have a maximum of five privately home-grown plants for personal use.
That’s right, you can be your own cannabis farmer! Legal growers can have a maximum of five privately home-grown plants for personal use, but the cannabis is allowed to be distributed to patients approved for the existing medical marijuana program.
But hey, we get it. Not everyone has the green thumb for growing their own plants. That’s totally fine! Luckily, the state of Illinois has got you covered with licensed dispensaries where you can still purchase the good stuff legally. So, whether you want to take on the challenge of growing your own plants or leave it to the experts, you have options. Just remember to keep it legal and follow the rules.
Will Cannabis-Related Businesses be a Thing Now?
We know you’re excited about the new cannabis law in Illinois, but before you start opening up your own cannabis-related business, let’s get some facts straight.
The new law allows local communities to decide how cannabis-related businesses can best fit in, so don’t go getting ahead of yourself and start planning your new dispensary just yet. And if you’re an employer, landlord, or business owner, you still have the right to maintain a zero-tolerance cannabis workplace and prohibit its use.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but you can’t just start smoking up in your office (or your landlord’s property) just yet. But hey, let’s focus on the positives, like the fact that recreational cannabis is now legal in Illinois!
The Land of Lincoln Goes Green
This is a big one, folks! Law enforcement agencies will be required to automatically expunge arrests that did not lead to a conviction for amounts up to 30 grams.
This means that if you got busted in the past for possession, but it was less than 30 grams, that arrest will be automatically expunged. And, if you were convicted of possession up to 30 grams, you can apply for clemency through the governor’s office. This is a big win for those who were negatively impacted by past marijuana laws.
Illinois officially became the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational cannabis use.
● The new law allows adults to purchase and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower at a time.
● Nonresidents can purchase up to 15 grams, but transporting cannabis across state lines is still illegal.
● Cannabis can only be purchased at licensed dispensaries and consumed in the privacy of one’s own home.
● Growing up to five privately home-grown plants for personal use is allowed.
● Local communities can decide how cannabis-related businesses may operate.