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Learn | 03.22.2022

What Does The Illinois Cannabis Regulation & Tax Act Mean?

Breaking down Illinois's cannabis laws in layman's terms.

It was June 2019 when Governor JB Pritzker signed the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, but it wasn’t until January 2020 that recreational cannabis became available to the public. Although it’s been a couple of years, there are still a few things to know about Illinois’s cannabis laws, which we’ve highlighted below from Highly Matrimony.

Possession Limits

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So what exaclty is allowed under Illinois’s Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act? Let’s start with possession. The following limits are for those 21 years or older who consume cannabis in the state;

  • The limit to personal flower possession is 30 grams
  • Capping the limit of THC at 500mg for infused products
  • 5 grams of a cannabis concentrate
  • Any cannabis grown on private residences that surpasses the legal possession limit of 30 grams must be stored away in private residences and out of sight from the public

Where You Can't Smoke It

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Illinois bans cannabis users from smoking or bringing the plant to the following areas;

  • A school bus, unless permitted under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act
  • On the grounds of a childcare center, preschool, primary school, or secondary school unless permitted under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act
  • In any correctional facility
  • In a vehicle, unless it’s reasonably secured, sealed, and inaccessible to the driver
  • In a private residence that’s licensed for child care or social services
  • In any public place (meaning where there’s a lot of foot traffic, which could expose cannabis to children)

When You Can't Smoke It

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The following are situations or occurrences in which it’s illegal to use cannabis;

  • Operating, navigating, or in physical control of a motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat
  • The use of cannabis on the job unless stipulated by the company that it’s okay to do so. (This rule mainly applies to law enforcement, correction officers, probation officers, firefighters, and paramedics.)
  • Using cannabis for those with a school bus permit or a commercial driver’s license unless permitted under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act

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