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The new Illinois cannabis law went into effect on January 1, 2020.
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No, the Village Board passed an ordinance on November 12, 2019 that put a moratorium on the recreational sale of cannabis until October 26, 2020, when it will be revisited by Board.
If you are 21 years old or older, you will be allowed to purchase marijuana from licensed sellers and smoke it in Illinois.
Beginning on January 1, 2020, if you are 21 years or older and an Illinois resident it will be legal for you to possess 30 grams of cannabis (flower), 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, or cannabis –infused products containing up to 500 milligrams of THC. Non-Illinois residents will be permitted to have half these amounts.
For approximately the first half of 2020, only medical marijuana dispensaries will be permitted to sell recreational cannabis. After that time period, Illinois will begin granting licenses to other sellers.
It will be legal to smoke cannabis in your residence and in businesses that permit marijuana smoking.
Even though cannabis will be legal in Illinois, you will still not be permitted to smoke recreationally in public places, in motor vehicles, on school grounds, or in proximity to anyone under the age of 21. For the purpose of this act, a “public place” means any place where a person could reasonably be expected to be observed by others.
Consumption of cannabis in a vehicle on a public street will still be prohibited. Cannabis transported in a vehicle must be in a sealed, odor proof, and child-resistant cannabis container and reasonably inaccessible.
Registered or licensed Medical marijuana patients will be permitted to grow up to five marijuana plants at a time. Other residents must apply for a state license as a craft grower in order to grow marijuana, and growing is only allowed in a locked, secure area.
The legal limit for driving is a THC blood concentration of more than five nanograms per milliliter. If you have more than that in your system, or are impaired, you may be charged with a DUI.
If you were convicted of possessing under 30 grams of Marijuana prior to January 1, 2020, your record will likely be automatically expunged as long as the convictions were not part of a violent crime. You can petition for expungement of convictions for possession of between 30 and 500 grams of marijuana.
The Act permits an employer to utilize a Zero Tolerance Policy, meaning no cannabis consumption. It is recommended that individuals check with their employer and the personnel manual.
Any person, business, public entity, or landlord may prohibit the use of cannabis on private property.
Additional information provided by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations can be found here.
Those violating the restrictions of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act are subject to the penalties under the cannabis control act and/or relevant Village of Glen Ellyn ordinances.