As of January 1, 2020 Illinois consumers aged 21 and older can purchase cannabis for recreational use from licensed sellers with or without a medical marijuana card. As such, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize cannabis after the bill was signed into law last June by Governor J.B. Pritzker. Within the first twelve days of this decade, about 500,000 purchases had been made by costumers, and dispensaries ended up selling recreational marijuana products totaling about $20 million, a true testament to cannabis’ purchasing power in the United States.
For now, dispensaries are the only legal sellers of cannabis infused goods in the state, yet experts have predicted that beginning mid-year, Illinois will grant additional licenses for new cultivators, processors, and stores, so we might not be too far off from seeing cannabis consumption cafes popping up in the state.
Illinois’ residents are allowed to possess up to 30 grams, or about one once, of marijuana plant material, five grams of concentrated cannabis products, and edibles with no more than 500mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in total. For non-residents of the state, purchases of half of these amounts are allowed. Maybe it’s time to finally plan that trip to Chicago.