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The Legalization of Marijuana in Illinois

Published on July 18th, 2019

A bill legalizing marijuana in Illinois was passed at the May 26, 2019 Illinois General Assembly. Governor J.B. Pritzker has expressed that the bill will be signed into a law, here is what you need to know about Illinois marijuana legalization. 

For Whom is It Legal?

Like alcohol, the legal age for purchasing and recreationally using marijuana is 21. After January 1, 2020, marijuana will be legal for purchase and use for those of the legal age in the state of Illinois. A medical card will no longer be required for purchase of marijuana products from licensed sellers. If you have been convicted of a marijuana related crime, our criminal defense attorney in Rockford, IL can help fight your case.

Is There a Limit to the Amount I Can Purchase?

Any Illinois resident, 21 years or older, can legally possess up to 30 grams of marijuana. Visitors are limited to half of that amount. The THC content in marijuana products is also limited to 500mg in any infused products, such as edibles, and up to 5 grams in cannabis concentrate. 

Where Can I Legally Smoke? 

Smoking marijuana is limited to certain locations. In Illinois, it is legal to smoke in your own home and on-site in licensed, cannabis-related businesses. It is prohibited from public places, in motorized vehicles, on school grounds, or near any on duty city workers such as bus drivers, police, and firefighters. Private business owners or property owners have the right to ban smoking on their premises.  

For any questions regarding the legalization of marijuana in Illinois contact a Crosby Law Firm criminal defense attorney in Rockford, IL at (815) 977-7878 or visit our website to request an appointment.

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