As of January 1, 2020, Illinois has legalized the purchase, possession, and consumption of cannabis for recreational use for adults over the age of 21. The state has set possession limits for residents which include 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, and 500 milligrams of THC within cannabis-infused products. Non-residents are allowed to possess half these amounts. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is responsible for overseeing the licensing and operations of dispensaries and related agents.
The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA) provides the legal framework for adult use cannabis, detailing the statutes for cultivation, sales, and possession. Moreover, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act covers the Medical Cannabis Patient Program and the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.
In Chicago, adults can consume cannabis at licensed premises or on private property, depending on the property owner’s discretion. Public consumption, however, remains illegal. The state maintains strict regulations on cannabis cultivation by individuals and imposes penalties for violations. These regulations are enforced by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) and are found within the Illinois Compiled Statutes.
It is important to note that while cannabis is legal in Illinois, it remains illegal under federal law. The City of Chicago’s Cannabis Information Center is a resource for residents and visitors to understand the impact of this state law.
For further details, please refer to the official State of Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation website, the FAQs section, and information on Social Consumption in the City of Chicago.