Illinois Weed Laws: A Toker’s Guide (2019)


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In early June, Illinois legalized recreational weed via their legislative physique. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act is scheduled to be implemented in 2020.

Possession and Buying Limits

Illinois residents age 21 and more than will be capable to possess:

  • Up to 30 grams of cannabis flower
  • five grams of concentrate
  • A maximum of 500 mg of THC inside a cannabis-infused item

Healthcare sufferers who are registered in the healthcare system are permitted to possess a lot more than 30 grams of flower if they personally develop and safe the excess quantity.

Non-residents of Illinois will be capable to possess:

  • 15 grams of cannabis flower
  • five grams of concentrate
  • A maximum of 250 mg of THC inside a cannabis-infused item

Social Equity Plan

1 of the most socially effective elements of Illinois’ recreational law is the intentionality with which it approaches social equity via cannabis reform. The Drug War, especially enforcement of cannabis prohibition, has wreaked havoc on marginalized communities. As Gov. Pritzker mentioned in a statement, Illinois’ “equity-centric approach” to cannabis reform “will have a transformational influence on our state, developing chance in the communities that want it most and providing so several a second likelihood.”

The system will consist of the following initiatives:

  • the creation of a $30 million low-interest loan system created to help with the startup expenses of opening a licensed cannabis organization. The loan will be readily available for qualifying social equity applicants.
  • the creation of a “social equity applicant” status for Illinois residents or these who employ them who have been convicted of a drug connected crime that would be expunged below the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.
  • the establishment of an investment system created to Restore, Reinvest, and Renew to address financial improvement, violence prevention solutions, re-entry solutions, youth improvement, and civil legal help.
  • an avenue for the expungement of non-violent, drug-connected crimes


Public consumption is prohibited. This involves the following areas:

  • streets
  • parks
  • college grounds (healthcare customers are exempt)
  • motor autos
  • correctional facilities
  • in close proximity to a person below age 21

Customers can use cannabis in a private residence as extended as use is hidden from public view. Landlords and greater education institutions have the suitable to ban cannabis use.

Driving Below the Influence

Drivers with five nanograms or a lot more THC in their blood will be identified guilty of driving below the influence. Penalties consist of a license suspension for up to six months for a very first-time offense (subsequent offenses inside five years can lead to 1 year’s suspension).

Exporting Cannabis

According to Federal and Illinois law, it is illegal to take cannabis across state lines even if you are coming from or returning to a cannabis-legal state. If you are going to the state, you will have to consume your cannabis though in Illinois and safely dispose of what ever you do not consume just before heading to the airport, bus or train station, or driving dwelling.

Private Cultivation 

The cultivation of cannabis plants for private use is prohibited. Even so, healthcare sufferers will be permitted to develop up to five cannabis plants at dwelling.

Qualifying Debilitating Healthcare Circumstances

Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Healthcare Cannabis Plan Act started as a pilot system in 2014. It became a permanent system, losing the “pilot’ designation in August 2019.

Sufferers with the 1 or a lot more of the following debilitating healthcare situations could be eligible to participate in the system:

  • Autism
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s illness
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Chronic discomfort
  • Crohn’s illness
  • CRPS (complicated regional discomfort syndrome Sort II)
  • Dystonia
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Several Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neuro-Bechet’s autoimmune illness
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s illness
  • Polycystic kidney illness (PKD)
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Tension Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb discomfort
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures (like that characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Extreme fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord illness (like but not restricted to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury is harm to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Really hard copy petitions to add debilitating healthcare situations could be submitted by mail to:

Illinois Division of Public Well being

Division of Healthcare Cannabis

535 W. Jefferson St.

Springfield, IL 62761-0001

The petitions will be reviewed annually in the course of the month of January.

Applying for a Healthcare Marijuana Card in Illinois

In order to apply for a patient registry identification card in Illinois, adult sufferers ought to:

  • be an Illinois resident
  • have a qualifying debilitating healthcare situation
  • have a signed doctor certification
  • Consent to receive a fingerprint background verify and submit photo ID

Bus drivers, truck drivers, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, correctional probation officers, and firefighters are ineligible.

The application can be submitted on the web. Just before beginning the application, the patient ought to have a printed copy of the physician’s certification that they can scan and upload along with their application.

Minor qualifying sufferers are eligible to participate in the system if they comply with the similar needs for adult sufferers with these two exceptions:

  • They ought to receive a reviewing physician’s certification in addition to their very first physician’s certification
  • They do not want to receive a fingerprint background verify or submit photo ID
  • Their legal guardians ought to consent to their participation in the system.

According to Ashley’s Law, students who are registered qualifying sufferers below Illinois Compassionate Use of Healthcare Cannabis Act could use oils, ointments, foods, and other cannabis-infused goods though in college. Even so, they could not smoke or vape any cannabis.

There are various application charge solutions:

  • $100 for a 1-year registry card
  • $200 for a two-year registry card
  • $250 for a three-year registry card

Social Safety Disability Earnings and/or Supplemental Safety Earnings recipients and veterans could be eligible for the following decreased application costs:

  • $50 for a 1-year registry card
  • $100 for a two-year registry card
  • $125 for a three-year registry card

The Option to Opioids Act of 2018

This law permits sufferers who can be prescribed opioids access to healthcare marijuana as an alternative. These sufferers can acquire up to two.five ounces of healthcare marijuana just about every 14 days.

The law is created to present sufferers with relief devoid of exposing them to very addictive opioids. Sufferers ought to receive a doctor certification to participate. The certification is valid for 90 days. Sufferers can renew their doctor certifications for a $10 charge when they attain the 90-day expiration.


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