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Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Use

In Illinois, on January 1, 2020, recreational marijuana use for adults 21 years of age and older will be legal, making it the 11th state to pass such a law. When the new legislation takes effect, it will be lawful for residents to purchase and possess up to 30 grams of marijuana and 5 grams of cannabis concentrate products. For people who come from out of state, they will be allowed to buy half those amounts.

Can Individuals Grow Their Own Marijuana?

The only people who can grow their own plants are those with medical marijuana licenses. They can have up to 5 plants. If a person does not have a medical marijuana card, they cannot cultivate the substance. They are only permitted to purchase it from a licensed dispensary.

In addition to cardholders, medical marijuana facilities will be allowed to grow the plants. By mid-2020, licenses will be issued to specialized growers, allowing them to have up to 5,000 square feet.

Where Can Marijuana Be Purchased?

When the law takes effect, only licensed medical marijuana shops will sell the substance. Starting in May 2020, the state will distribute more licenses for other cultivators and transporters. After the first permits are issued, a market survey will be conducted before any others are granted.

Where Can Marijuana Be Smoked?

Under the new law, people will only be allowed to smoke the substance in private residences. Public consumption will be illegal. Depending on local legislation, individuals might be able to use marijuana at some dispensaries.

What About Previous Marijuana Convictions?

The taxes that come in from sales will be used to expunge the records of individuals who were convicted of low-level marijuana offenses before the new law takes effect. If a person was convicted of possessing 30 grams or more of the substance will have to petition to have their record cleared after January 1, 2020.

Can Employees Be Disciplined for Using Marijuana?

The new law will allow employees to use marijuana when they are not at work. Employers can enforce zero-tolerance policies if a person uses the substance during work hours or while on-call.

Discuss Your Case with the Law Office of Steven Fine

Backed by over 20 years of experience handling complex legal matters, including drug crimes, our attorney knows how to develop aggressive legal strategies to defend your rights. If you were charged with possessing marijuana, we will help you understand your rights under existing and future laws. We will discuss the possible outcomes of your case and your legal options. Our top priority is to seek a favorable outcome on your behalf.

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