Illinois lawmakers have approved a legalization bill that if signed, would make Illinois the 11th state. Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who focused his election campaign last year on cannabis legalization and already promised to sign the bill, is likely the last signature needed.
The bill will take effect January 1, 2020 and will allow adult (21 and older) Illinois residents to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC in any infused product, such as an edible. Nonresident visitors to Illinois will only be allowed to possess 15 grams.
This bill establishes a tax and regulated plan for a cannabis marketplace that would include licenses for cannabis dispensaries and cultivators. Home grow will not be allowed under the plan unless you are a registered medical cannabis patient.
“The state of Illinois just made history, legalizing adult-use cannabis with the most equity-centric approach in the nation. This will have transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance. … In the interest of equity and criminal justice reform, I look forward to signing this monumental legislation.”—Gov. J.B. Pritzker, in a series of tweets.
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