It’s New Years day and cannabis is officially legal in Illinois. Adults can now legally purchase and own recreational marijuana in the Land of Lincoln.
With recreational cannabis now legal Illinois, residents who are 21 years or older may purchase and possess up to 30 grams (over 1 ounce) of cannabis flower at a time. The state formally legalized recreational marijuana on Jan. 1, 2020 after House Bill 1438 was signed into law last June.
Nonresidents can purchase up to 15 grams, but cannot legally transport products across state lines. Cannabis is still federally illegal so limited interstate transportion remains.
The new law states that adults can only buy marijuana at certified state-licensed dispensaries, and only consume cannabis in the privacy of their own home. Violators will be cited for public consumption.
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.
Local communities can decide how cannabis-related businesses may best fit. Employers, landlords and business owners are still allowed to maintain zero-tolerance cannabis workplaces and prohibit its use.
Law enforcement agencies will be required to automatically expunge arrests that did not lead to a conviction for amounts up to 30 grams. This is the biggest win of all.
With recreational cannabis now legal Illinois, the state governor Pritzker also plans to grant pardons. Authorizing expungement for convictions for charges of marijuana possession up to 30 grams. Another win for the Land of Lincoln!
Illinois officially became the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use.