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Illinois Marijuana Laws


Recreational and medical marijuana are both legal in Illinois with medical legalized in 2014 and recreational legalized in 2019. Read on to learn more about Illinois' current marijuana laws and where you can find a marijuana dispensary in your area.

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What you need to know about Illinois’ Cannabis Laws

  • Both recreational and medical marijuana are legal in the state of Illinois for adults 21 and older
  • Illinois is home to a host of marijuana dispensaries located across the state
  • Illinois dispensaries do not accept out of state medical cards but out of state medical marijuana patients can purchase up to 15 grams of recreational marijuana, 2.5 grams of cannabis concentrate, and 250 mg of infused pot edibles at recreational dispensaries
  • It is legal to cultivate up to five marijuana plants in your home or on your property if you are a medical marijuana patient, cultivation is illegal for recreational marijuana users
  • Currently in Illinois use of marijuana in public places is prohibited
  • Currently, marijuana delivery services are prohibited

Illinois Recreational Marijuana Laws

Marijuana was legalized for use by adults over the age of 21 in 2019 with recreational sales beginning in January of 2020. Illinois residents may purchase up to 30 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of marijuana concentrate, and 500 mg of cannabis-infused products. If you are visiting from outside the state, you may purchase up to half of the limits for Illinois residents. Possession over the limits detailed in the previous sentence can results in a misdemeanor charge with up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Felony charges may be brought for individuals possessing over 100 grams of marijuana. Growing marijuana is illegal for recreational marijuana users. Recreational marijuana users growing five or less plants won’t be charged criminally but will be required to pay a $200 fine.

Delivery services for both medical and recreational marijuana is currently illegal. Check out our map of dispensaries in Illinois to find the closest recreational store in your area.

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Illinois Medical Marijuana Laws

Since 2014, doctors in Illinois have been able to prescribe marijuana for patients with a qualifying condition. There are a variety of qualifying conditions including cancer, glaucoma, Tourette syndrome, PTSD and a number of other conditions. Patients may possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana and grow up to five plants in their home or on their property. Medical patients may only purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every two weeks.

Timeline of Marijuana Legislation in Illinois

Timeline of Marijuana Legislation in Illinois

Additional Marijuana Laws to be Aware of in Illinois

  • Public use or consumption of marijuana is illegal in Illinois. This includes sporting and music venues, state and national parks, campsites, bars, restaurants, and more.
  • It is illegal to use marijuana in a vehicle for both drivers and passengers. Cannabis DUI laws allow for officers to administer chemical tests to determine if a driver is impaired. Cannabis impairment may be determined if a driver’s blood has 5 or more nanograms per milliliter.
  • In order to grow marijuana for medical and recreational sale, cultivators must apply for permits with the state government.
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