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Medical marijuana rules get Illinois committee OK

CHICAGO — An Illinois legislative committee approved rules Tuesday for the state’s medical marijuana program, which means would-be growers and retailers can soon apply for permits and get the new industry started.

A state law enacted last year authorized a four-year pilot project that will expire in 2017, but so far, not a single marijuana seed has been planted. Now that the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules signed off on the regulations, state agencies that are running the program can start posting applications for a limited number of grower and retailer permits.

Patients will be able to apply for the required identification cards starting in September. The first products may be sold early next year if all goes smoothly, state officials said.

Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, who sponsored the medical cannabis legislation, praised state agency officials for what he called a reasonable amount of time to write the rules and gather public feedback. He also commended Gov. Pat Quinn.

“Only an involved governor’s office could have gotten us to this point,” Lang said.

Illinois officials haven’t publicly estimated the size of the potential market or the taxes it could generate from 21 cultivation centers selling to 60 dispensaries around the state.

The Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group, estimates more than 10,000 patients could eventually sign up in Illinois.

“We do expect it will be thousands, hopefully tens of thousands (of patients) in the first year,” said Illinois Department of Public Health attorney Bob Morgan, who is coordinating the program.

Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a leading expert on marijuana legalization, made a rough calculation for Illinois’ annual sales of $20 million to $30 million. Growers will pay a 7 percent privilege tax on their marijuana sales and the state will collect up to $6 million in annual fees for permits.

Illinois is one of a growing number of states that has authorized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, with New York recently becoming the 23rd state earlier this month.

In early 2013 before the Illinois’ law was enacted, a poll by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University found that 63 percent of state residents favored legalizing medical marijuana.

Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Illinois.

The Illinois law lists dozens of medical diagnoses that can qualify a patient to use medical pot, such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis C, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy and others.

Starting in September, patients will be able to apply for a required medical cannabis registry identification card. The Illinois Department of Public Health plans to take applications from patients with last names starting with A through L in September and October, and M through Z in November and December.

Patients will pay $100 a year to apply for a medical marijuana card. Disabled people and veterans will pay $50 annually.

Morgan said interested patients should start talking with their doctors about the program. The Illinois State Medical Society is helping its physician members learn about the law and medical uses of marijuana.

Patients receiving treatment at Veterans Affairs hospitals will have a somewhat easier time getting a medical marijuana card. VA doctors, as federal employees, aren’t permitted to recommend controlled substances, so the state’s rules spell out that veterans getting VA care won’t need a doctor to sign off on their application.

Illinois Marijuana Business Licenses

Status: In Illinois, all adults 21 years of age and older may possess and use marijuana. All individuals with a legal prescription may possess and use medical marijuana. State licensed businesses may grow, process, transport, and dispense marijuana.

CBD Program Medical Program Recreational Program Are Applications Open?
Legal Legal Legal closed

Number of Illinois Marijuana Business Licenses Licenses Available

Dispensaries Cultivation Manufacturing/Processing Transportation
75 100 100 100+

Illinois Recreational Craft Grower License Guidelines

A Craft Grower License is a license that permits a business or organization to cultivate, dry, cure, and package cannabis and perform other necessary activities to make cannabis available for sale at a dispensing organization or use at a processing organization.

    • A craft grower may contain up to 5,000 square feet of canopy space on its premises for cultivating plants that are more than 5 inches tall.
    • A craft grower may share premises with a processing organization or a dispensing organization, or both, provided each licensee stores currency and cannabis or cannabis-infused products in a separate secured vault to which the other licensee does not have access or all licensees sharing a vault share more than 50% of the same ownership.
    • The application for a Craft Grower License requires a nonrefundable application fee of $5,000. Social equity applicants may pay a nonrefundable application fee of $2,500.
    • Application forms for Craft Grower Licenses were made available from the Department of Agriculture on January 7, 2020. Applications will be accepted from February 14 – April 30, 2020.
    • The Department is to award up to 40 Craft Grower Licenses in a first phase, and 60 additional Craft Growers Licenses in a second phase.

    RECOMMENDED ILLINOIS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR CRAFT GROWER APPLICATION:

    • Illinois Application Guide & Checklist
    • Illinois Craft Grower Template Package

    Illinois Recreational Cultivation Center License Guidelines

    An Early Approval Adult Use Cultivation Center License is a license that permits an existing medical cannabis cultivation center licensed under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act to begin cultivating, packaging, transporting, and selling cannabis to adult-use cannabis business establishments for resale to purchasers on January 1, 2020.

      • The application for an Early Approval Adult Use Cultivation Center License requires a $100,000 nonrefundable application fee and a nonrefundable Cannabis Business Development Fee equal to 5% of the cultivation center’s total sales between July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019, or $500,000 (whichever is less), as well as the identification of a Social Equity Inclusion Plan.

      A Cultivation Center License is a license that permits a business or organization to cultivate, process, transport, and perform other necessary activities to provide cannabis and cannabis-infused products to cannabis business establishments.

        • The application for a Cultivation License requires a nonrefundable application fee of $30,000. Once awarded a license, an annual registration/renewal fee of $100,000 is required.

        RECOMMENDED ILLINOIS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR CULTIVATION APPLICATION:

        • Illinois Application Guide & Checklist

        Illinois Recreational Infuser License Guidelines

        An Infuser License is a license that permits a business or organization to directly incorporate cannabis or cannabis concentrate into a product formulation to produce a cannabis-infused product.

          • The application for an Infuser License requires a nonrefundable application fee of $5,000. Social equity applicants may pay a nonrefundable application fee of $2,500. Once awarded a license, an annual registration/renewal fee of $20,000 is required.
          • Applications for Infuser Licenses were made available from the Department of Agriculture on January 7, 2020. Applications will be accepted from February 14 – April 30, 2020.
          • The Department is to award up to 40 Infuser License in a first phase, and 60 additional Infuser Licenses in a second phase.

          RECOMMENDED ILLINOIS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR PROCESSOR APPLICATION:

          • Illinois Application Guide & Checklist

          Illinois Recreational Dispensing Organization License Guidelines

          An Early Approval Adult Use Dispensing Organization License is a license that permits an existing medical cannabis dispensing organization licensed under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program to begin selling cannabis to purchasers on January 1, 2020.

            • The application for an Early Approval Adult Use Dispensing Organization License requires a $30,000 nonrefundable application fee and a nonrefundable Cannabis Business Development Fee equal to 3% of the dispensing organization’s total sales between July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019, or $100,000 (whichever is less), as well as the identification of a Social Equity Inclusion Plan.

            A Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization License is a license awarded to top- scoring applicants for an Adult Use Dispensing Organization License that reserves the right to a dispensing organization license if the applicant meets certain conditions, but does not entitle the recipient to begin purchasing or selling cannabis or cannabis-infused products.

              • Applicants who receive a Conditional Dispensing Organization License will have 180 days from the date of the award to identify a physical location for the dispensing organization retail storefront when new entrants are allowed in the market.
              • The purpose of this conditional license is to reduce the costs associated with entering the industry. The application for a Conditional Dispensing Organization License requires a nonrefundable application fee of $5,000. Once awarded a license, an annual registration/renewal fee of $60,000 is required.
              • The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will begin accepting applications for Conditional Adult-Use Dispensing Organization licenses on December 10, 2019 through January 2, 2020.
              • The Department is to award up to 75 Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses.

              An Adult Use Dispensing Organization License or Dispensary License is a license that permits a business or organization to acquire cannabis from a cultivation center, craft grower, processing organization, or another dispensary for the purpose of selling or dispensing cannabis, cannabis-infused products, cannabis seeds, paraphernalia, or related supplies to purchasers or to qualified registered medical cannabis patients and caregivers.

                • The application for a Dispensary License requires a nonrefundable application fee of $30,000. Once awarded a license, an annual registration/renewal fee of $60,000 is required.
                • The Department is to award up to 110 additional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses by December 21, 2021.

                RECOMMENDED ILLINOIS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR DISPENSING ORGANIZATION APPLICATION:

                • Illinois Application Guide & Checklist

                Illinois Recreational Transporter License Guidelines

                A Transporting Organization License or Transporter License is a license that permits a business or organization to transport cannabis on behalf of a cannabis business establishment.

                  • The application for a Transporter License will require a nonrefundable application fee of $5,000. Social equity applicants may pay a nonrefundable application fee of $2,500. Once awarded a license, an annual registration/renewal fee of $10,000 is required.
                  • Applications for Transporter Licenses were made available from the Department of Agriculture on or before January 7, 2020. Applications will be accepted from February 14 – April 30, 2020.
                  • The Department may award an unlimited number of Transporter Licenses.

                  RECOMMENDED ILLINOIS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR TRANSPORTER APPLICATION:

                  • Illinois Application Guide & Checklist
                  • Illinois Transporter Template Package

                  Illinois Medical Marijuana Cultivation License Guidelines

                  A “Cultivation center” means a facility operated by an organization or business that is registered by the Department of Agriculture to perform necessary activities to provide only registered medical cannabis dispensing organizations with usable medical cannabis.

                  RECOMMENDED ILLINOIS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR CULTIVATION APPLICATION:

                  • Illinois Application Guide & Checklist

                  Illinois Medical Marijuana Dispensing Organization License Guidelines

                  RECOMMENDED ILLINOIS MARIJUANA BUSINESS PLANS FOR DISPENSING ORGANIZATION APPLICATION:

                  • Illinois Application Guide & Checklist

                  The History of Illinois Marijuana Business Licenses Marijuana

                  Medical Marijuana:
                  Illinois legalized medical marijuana for qualified patients in 2013. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act establishes a patient registry program, protects registered qualifying patients and registered designated caregivers from “arrest, prosecution, or denial of any right or privilege,” and allows for the registration of cultivation centers and dispensing organizations. Applications were accepted in September 2014 and the state awarded 22 cultivation licenses and over 60 dispensary licenses. There were a few districts that we left unawarded, so interested parties have future opportunities to obtain licenses.

                  Qualifying Medical Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, a positive status for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), hepatitis C, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia or wasting syndrome, muscular dystrophy, severe fibromyalgia or any spinal cord disease, including but not limited to: arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia. Patients may also qualify for medical marijuana if they suffer from a severely debilitating or terminal medical condition such as Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), Parkinson’s, Tourette’s, Myoclonus, Dystonia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I), Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II), Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Sjogren’s syndrome, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, Myasthenia Gravis, Hydrocephalus, nail-patella syndrome, residual limb pain, or the treatment of these conditions.

                  Recreational Marijuana:
                  With the election of J.B. Pritzker on November 6, 2018 as the next governor of Illinois, the legalization of recreational cannabis became a focus for state lawmakers, as cannabis legalization was one of Pritzker’s campaign promises.

                  On June 25, 2019, Gov. Pritzker signed the marijuana legalization legislation, known as the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, into law. Effective January 1, 2020, the new law will allow the following: (1) Illinois residents ages 21 and over would be allowed to purchase and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis; (2) Non-residents ages 21 and over would be allowed to purchase and possess 15 grams of cannabis; (3) municipalities, employers and landlords would be able to prohibit possession and use; (4) criminal records of citizens whose careers and futures have been harmed by cannabis convictions for low-level possession and dealing would be expunged. The sale of adult use cannabis will begin on January 1, 2020.

                  The legalization of adult use cannabis does not alter the state’s medical cannabis pilot program. The new law will continue to limit the number of licenses and endures preferential treatment towards equity applicants. The proposed application process will give additional points for diversity, diversity of ownership, diversity of workforce, and diversity of contractors hired.

                  The sale of adult use cannabis began on January 1, 2020. The legalization of adult use cannabis does not alter the state’s medical cannabis pilot program.

                  The new law will continue to limit the number of licenses and gives preferential treatment towards social equity applicants. The proposed application process will give additional points for diversity, diversity of ownership, diversity of workforce, and diversity of contractors hired.

                  The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation accepted applications for Conditional Adult-Use Dispensing Organization licenses December 10, 2019 through January 2, 2020.

                  The Department of Agriculture released Craft Grower, Transporter, and Infuser application forms on January 7, 2020. Applications were to be accepted February 14, 2020 through March 16, 2020. Before the application deadline of March 16 th , Gov. JB Priztker issued an Executive Order extending Craft Grower, Transporter, and Infuser applications until March 31, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Again, on March 28 th , Gov. JB Priztker issued another Executive Order to extend the submission deadline to April 30, 2020. All details were posted on the Department of Agriculture’s website.

                  On May 28, 2021, the Illinois Legislature passed a bill to create new lottery processes for cannabis dispensary licenses. The bill, House Bill 1443, intends to end the ongoing disputes over the awarding of 75 dispensary licenses that have been held up for over a year, while also planning ahead for an additional 110 dispensary licenses to be awarded through new lottery processes. However, the pool of 110 dispensary licenses will only be available to those who applied during the 2019 application round for the original 75 licenses.

                  Recreational Program Timeline:
                  Within 60 days of the effective date of the Act – Existing medical cannabis businesses may apply for Early Approval Adult Use Cultivation Center Licenses or Early Approval Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses. Eligible applicants will be awarded a license within 45 days of applying.
                  October 1, 2019 – Applications for Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization licenses posted to Department website
                  December 10, 2019 – Department to begin accepting applications for Conditional Adult-Use Dispensing Organization licenses
                  January 2, 2020 – Department to stop accepting applications for Conditional Adult-Use Dispensing Organization licenses
                  January 1, 2020 – Adult use cannabis available for purchase
                  January 7, 2020 – Application forms for craft grower, processor, and transporter licenses released by the Department of Agriculture
                  February 14, 2020 – Department of Agriculture begins accepting applications for craft growers, processors and transporters
                  April 30, 2020 –Department of Agriculture to stop accepting applications for craft growers, infusers, and transporters. Applications were originally scheduled to close on March 16, 2020, but an executive order by the governor extended the deadline due to COVID-19.
                  TBD – Department to award up to 75 Conditional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses
                  TBD – Department to award up to 40 Craft Grower Licenses, up to 40 Processor Licenses, and a TBD number of Transporter Licenses
                  By December 21, 2021 – Department to award up to 60 additional Craft Grower Licenses, up to 60 additional Processor Licenses, and up to 110 additional Adult Use Dispensing Organization Licenses

                  Illinois marijuana laws

                  Marijuana and its extracted forms are all legal for recreational and medical use. The recreational system opened for business for adults 21 and older on January 1, 2020. Hemp is also legal.

                  Legalization does not exempt consumers, and those in unlawful possession, cultivation, distribution or driving under the influence of marijuana.

                  On December 31, 2019, Gov. Pritzker pardoned over 11,000 cannabis-related arrests on the eve of legalization. Under the new legislation, upward of 700,000 residents convicted of possession could have their records expunged.

                  Illinois has other measures in the works to expand on existing legislation, including establishing an equity program for victims of the war on drugs to enter the industry.

                  Delivery service is currently prohibited, though legislation has been brought to the House. There are also parameters on how and where brands can advertise online and in public spaces, including specific distances from schools and the use of images of cannabis.

                  Illinois recreational marijuana laws

                  Prior to recreational legalization, possessing 10 grams or less of cannabis was a civil violation with no jail time or fine. Now, adult residents can possess up to 30g of cannabis, 5g of cannabis concentrate, and 500mg of infused products like edibles.

                  For non-resident adults, the limits are half.

                  Cultivating up to five plants for medical use by a registered medical patient is now allowed as of January 1, 2020; rec users who grow up to five plants won’t be charged with a criminal offense but will be fined $200.

                  Penalties:

                  • Possession over the above limits can result in charges of a Class A Misdemeanor, with up to a year in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.
                  • Possession of more than 100g (

                  The sale or trafficking of cannabis or cannabis products is illegal, and punishable as either a Class A or Class B misdemeanor if under 10g with up to a year in jail and fines up to $2,500. Larger quantities warrant felony offenses, more jail time, and higher fines.

                  Cultivating more than five plants is at least a Class 4 Felony, resulting in 1-3 years in jail and a $25,000 fine. Possession of marijuana paraphernalia with small amounts of marijuana (<10g) will only result in a civil violation, but 10g+ is a Class A misdemeanor. The sale of paraphernalia is a Class 4 felony, but can increase if the buyer is a minor or a pregnant woman.

                  Illinois recreational marijuana bills

                  Illinois’ recreational cannabis program began January 1, 2020, as dictated by the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act/HB1438 which was signed in 2019. Illinois is the first state to legalize recreational cannabis directly through state legislation signed by the Governor and not in the hands of voters. This is a departure from states like California and Colorado, where bills like Proposition 64 were ballot measures.

                  Rep. Sonya M Harper introduced a bill in March 2020 to legalize home delivery in the state.

                  Illinois medical marijuana laws

                  The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act to create a medical marijuana system was signed by Gov. Quinn back in 2013, and took effect January 1, 2014.

                  This has been amended to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act as it is no longer a pilot program. This legalized the cultivation, manufacturing, sale, and possession of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products, like edibles, oils, and topicals to qualifying patients.

                  The Illinois General Assembly passed SB2228 in 2016 to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis (10 grams or less) as well as paraphernalia statewide, punishable as a civil law violation with a fine.

                  For medical cardholders, they may legally possess up to 2.5 oz of cannabis within any given two-week period.

                  Illinois medical marijuana bills

                  The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act is now a permanent program and no longer considered a pilot. The bill addresses how to create a permitting process for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and dispensary facilities. It outlines possession limits and qualifying conditions, as well as protection from the law.

                  Illinois qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

                  Medical patients with qualifying conditions have been able to access medicinal cannabis and derived products since 2014. Currently, these are the qualifying conditions:

                  • Alzheimer’s disease
                  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
                  • Anorexia nervosa
                  • Any medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally accepted standards of care
                  • Arnold Chiari malformation
                  • Autism
                  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
                  • Cancer
                  • Causalgia
                  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
                  • Chronic pain
                  • Complex regional pain syndrome type 2
                  • Crohn’s Disease
                  • Dystonia
                  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
                  • Fibromyalgia
                  • Fibrous dysplasia
                  • Glaucoma
                  • Hepatitis C
                  • HIV/AIDS
                  • Hydrocephalus
                  • Hydromyelia
                  • Interstitial Cystitis
                  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
                  • Lupus
                  • Migraines
                  • Multiple Sclerosis
                  • Muscular Dystrophy
                  • Myasthenia Gravis
                  • Myoclonus
                  • Nail patella syndrome
                  • Neuro-Behcet’s autoimmune disease
                  • Neurofibromatosis
                  • Neuropathy
                  • Osteoarthritis
                  • Parkinson’s disease
                  • Polycystic kidney disease
                  • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD)
                  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
                  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
                  • Sjogren’s syndrome
                  • Spinal cord disease
                  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
                  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
                  • Syringomyelia
                  • Tarlov cysts
                  • Tourette syndrome
                  • Traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
                  • Ulcerative colitis

                  How to get a medical marijuana card in Illinois

                  Adults 21 and up can now legally purchase cannabis without a medical card, but if you do want one, the process is simple:

                  1. Patients should determine if their condition qualifies them for medical marijuana. A list of qualifying conditions can be found on the Illinois Department of Health website , or patients can discuss with their primary care doctors.
                  2. If they qualify, patients must meet with their physician, with whom they have a history, to discuss their application. Physicians must fill out a Physician Written Certification to be submitted with a patient’s application, residency, and ID information, which includes an in-person visit and recent assessment of the patient’s medical history.
                  3. Patients can elect to pay for a 1-year, 2-year or 3-year registry identification card, though they must renew their actual medical marijuana card annually.
                  4. Turnaround from approval of application to receiving the card is typically 90 days.
                  5. If approved, patients must also register individually with a medical dispensary in Illinois to acquire their medicine.

                  Does Illinois accept out-of-state medical cards?

                  No, Illinois does not honor out-of-state medical cards, but adults 21 and up with ID can come from out of state and purchase recreationally.

                  When does my Illinois medical card expire?

                  When patients apply for their medical card, they have the option of paying for a 1-year, 2-year or 3-year card to be a part of the medical marijuana registry, but they must renew their card to purchase medical marijuana every year.

                  Illinois marijuana growing laws

                  Only permitted cultivation centers can grow cannabis to be produced and sold in the medical and recreational markets.

                  As of 2020, medical cardholders may grow up to 5 plants for personal use as long as the crop is out of sight, in a locked facility and being grown with permission from the property owner.

                  Cultivation without a medical card is illegal.

                  Illinois public consumption laws

                  Illinois does not have cannabis consumption lounges, and legal consumption is limited to the home. It is illegal to consume in public places, on or near school property, and in a motor vehicle.

                  Illinois cannabis DUI laws

                  Legalization does not exempt users from penalization when they are going against the law. As in the rest of the world, driving while under the influence is illegal, and in Illinois this is defined as “operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol, other drugs, including cannabis (marijuana) prescribed for medical purposes, or intoxicating compounds and methamphetamine.”

                  Illinois has “per se” laws in place for alcohol and other controlled substances, including cannabis. This means a chemical test result of 0.08%+ BAC or more than 5ng/ml of THC in the bloodstream is sufficient evidence of intoxication. Illinois residents who operate a motor vehicle by law give “implied consent” to a chemical test for intoxication. Refusing will result in driving revocation.

                  DUI penalties:

                  • First offense: Class A misdemeanor and carries a year of driving revocations; if BAC exceeds 0.16%, there is a mandatory 2 day jail sentence, a mandatory minimum fine of $500, and 100 hours of community service.
                  • Second offense in 20 years: Misdemeanor with mandatory minimum of five days (up to one year) imprisonment, 240 hours of community service, up to $2,500 fine, and a minimum five-year suspended license.
                  • Third offense: Class 2 felony with mandatory 18-30 month imprisonment, extending up to seven years, and a maximum fine of $25,000.

                  Illinois cannabis testing regulations

                  Illinois has provisions for cannabis and cannabis product testing in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act.

                  Before the packaging, extraction or manufacturing of any cannabis or product, it must be batch-tested in an independent lab for microbiological contaminants, mycotoxins, pesticide active ingredients, residual solvents, and an overall analysis. Any batch that fails testing will be recalled.

                  Common questions about marijuana legalization in Illinois

                  When did Illinois legalize marijuana?

                  The state legalized possession and access to medical cannabis for qualifying patients in 2014. Recreational cannabis became legal and accessible to buy January 1, 2020.

                  Are dabs legal in Illinois?

                  Yes, thank goodness. Cannabis concentrates like live resin can be purchased at recreational dispensaries.

                  How many recreational dispensaries are in Illinois?

                  Many are open as well as in the process of getting permitted. As many as 295 could be operational by 2022.

                  Are drugs legal in Illinois?

                  Of course not! While cannabis is legal to buy and possess in small amounts for adults, this does not apply to any other controlled substances. Similarly, there are still many facets of the cannabis illicit market that are illegal.

                  Are dispensaries still open during the pandemic?

                  Yes, both recreational and medical dispensaries are operational during shelter-in-place orders. Delivery is still currently prohibited but many stores offer curbside pickup.

                  Learn more about marijuana legalization in Illinois

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