On June 25, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed the HB 1438 bill into law, legalizing recreational marijuana sale and use in Illinois for adults.
The important dates & details aren’t new – adults aged 21 & over will be able to purchase, carry up to one ounce (30 grams) of marijuana, and consume marijuana starting January 1, 2020.
The finer details are also worth noting. While the sale and consumption of marijuana will be legal, making Illinois the 11th state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, public consumption will remain illegal. Only consumption in private residences will be legal, with local jurisdictions having say as to whether or not dispensaries may allow customers to consume marijuana on-site.
Adults age 21 & over will not be allowed to grow marijuana at home for personal consumption without a medical marijuana card – another area of the Illinois marijuana laws that will not change at the beginning of next year.
Only a limited amount of marijuana dispensary licenses will be issued in the, “first wave,” by the state, but the anticipation of legalization has already had a significant impact on the future of our state’s economy, as well as its judicial and criminal justice systems.
We’re keeping a close eye on the new policy. There will inevitably be many changes and amendments to the bill, and those who are interested in entering the market for the, “second wave,” should keep a close eye on our blog! We will be breaking down the dispensary license application step-by-step, as well as the costs and other requisite efforts needed to qualify for consideration and be seriously considered.
Update: As of Wednesday, November 20, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee approved a bill legalizing marijuana at the federal level. While the bill is being given a, “high chance,” to pass by some, it will still need to pass votes in both the full House of Representatives, as well as the Senate, where it faces a tougher challenge.