In the first year, when marijuana is legal in Illinois, the state expects about 700,000 users. It expects to collect about $57 million in tax revenue. In the second year, sales are expected to grow to $140.5 million. By year five, Illinois lawmakers expect sales to reach $375.5 million. The use of marijuana in Illinois may affect a resident’s right to possess a firearm or FOID card.
Illegalization of marijuana in Illinois
On Tuesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act into law, legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Illinois. This landmark law will create a vibrant adult-use marijuana industry in Illinois and help communities of color ravaged by the War on Drugs. Read on to learn more about this landmark bill and how it will benefit minority communities. In the next few weeks, Illinois will be one of many states to legalize recreational marijuana.
Illinois legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2013, bringing it in line with federal law. Possession of marijuana, or any drug containing it, is still illegal. Illinois laws govern its sale, use, cultivation, and distribution under three different laws – the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act and the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act limits the amount of marijuana a person can possess in specific circumstances.
The Illinois law also requires schools to review employment policies, specifically those related to disabilities. In addition, it requires schools to implement new policies to address concerns about dispensing marijuana to students. Additionally, the bill requires that a certain percentage of cannabis tax revenue be funneled to minority-owned businesses to improve their economic condition. Further, the new law requires that all businesses that sell marijuana in Illinois must offer free and legal cannabis for recreational use.
Although the laws surrounding marijuana are incredibly complex, Illinois has some measures to reduce the risk of a legalization. Adults can now possess up to 30 grams of marijuana, grow up to six plants, and gift one ounce or five grams to friends and family. The state has also made it legal for individuals to consume up to five grams of concentrated marijuana products with up to 500 milligrams of THC. However, it is still illegal to consume marijuana in public spaces and is strictly forbidden in many places.
Although Illinois law isn’t as stringent as other states, possession of marijuana by an adult is still a criminal offense. If you are found guilty of marijuana possession in Illinois, you will face fines, jail time, and even the possibility of a prison sentence. Regardless of your age, a drug crimes attorney can help you determine the best legal strategy to protect yourself. If you have been charged with marijuana possession, contact us today to discuss your legal options.
Sale of marijuana at dispensaries
By 2022, recreational use of marijuana will be legal in Illinois, allowing adults to purchase the herb in a retail setting. The law will allow adults of legal age to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana flower or five grams of cannabis concentrate, which contain up to half the amount of THC (the chemical that gives users a high). Nonresidents can also legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis flower, or 2.5 grams of THC in a tincture, edible, or topical product.
The sale of marijuana at dispensaries will require a license. Licensed retailers will be required to pay taxes on the products they sell, with taxes ranging from 10 percent to 20 percent for cannabis-infused products. Sales tax will also apply. The state will charge 6.25% on marijuana products, with local municipalities tagging sales at a higher rate. However, growers will have to pay an additional 7% tax on wholesale marijuana sales, and can recover this tax by charging it separately to customers.
Existing medical marijuana cultivators and dispensaries in Illinois will be allowed to sell the drug to adults. New licenses will be issued in May 2020 after the state completes its disparity study. This study will include information on the amount of marijuana sold to underage consumers. This means that dispensaries in Illinois will be more regulated and limited in advertising. They can’t have a drive-through or deliver, either. Moreover, it will be illegal to purchase marijuana in public areas and in close proximity to anyone under the age of 21.
The Illinois Legislature passed legislation in June that will allow the sale of recreational marijuana in the state. This law is set to make Illinois the 11th state in the Union to legalize it. In that time, residents will be able to purchase the drug and related products from licensed retailers, and they will be able to have their own medicine. However, nonmedical marijuana users will not be allowed to grow their own marijuana, and this new law will make it illegal to do so.
Although the possession limit for recreational marijuana use in Illinois is not high enough to get you in trouble, it is still far lower than the legal limit for possession of alcohol. You can still be arrested for possession if you are found in a public place, including a school or airport. Depending on the state of your residence, you may even face jail time. Before you go to court, it is best to talk to a criminal defense attorney and seek legal advice. If you are arrested for marijuana possession in Illinois, you may lose your job, suffer public embarrassment, or even serve time in jail.
Although recreational marijuana use has only been legal in Illinois for one week, it is still illegal for those under 21 to buy the product. While it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana, you may legally possess up to 30 grams of flower. If you do purchase cannabis, you should only purchase it from a licensed dispensary, as smoking marijuana in public places is illegal in Illinois. The Smokefree Illinois Act prohibits the smoking of marijuana in public places.
The Illinois governor signed HB 1438 into law. The Illinois legislature is now looking forward to a legalized marijuana industry in the state. The new law will legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois and become the eleventh state to do so. The district of Columbia has done the same. If you have an active medical condition that necessitates a high-potency cannabis supply, you can purchase up to 71 grams of marijuana in two weeks.
Under the new law, residents of Illinois may possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower or 5 grams of cannabis concentrate or 500 milligrams of marijuana infused products. If you do not live in Illinois, you can possess up to fifteen grams of cannabis flower or 250 milligrams of THC. This new law will also automatically expunge criminal records. While this is a good thing for Illinoisans, marijuana use remains illegal for those under 21 years old.
In Illinois, it’s possible to expunge your criminal record for a crime involving less than 30 grams of marijuana. Although it can take as long as six years, the Illinois State Police expects to finish the process before the 2025 deadline. Expungement isn’t automatic and may take longer if the conviction was for a violent crime. To apply for expungement, you must have a criminal history of less than 30 grams of marijuana, and you must have not been convicted of a violent crime.
The Illinois Supreme Court created an Access to Justice Commission to improve access to the justice system. The commission’s goal is to increase access for underrepresented groups to the Illinois justice system. Specifically, it works to improve access to Illinois’ civil courts and administrative agencies. To help Illinoisans, the Access to Justice Commission provides a form that outlines the process for expunging marijuana convictions.
Since the legalization of marijuana in Illinois, 10 counties have already expunged eligible arrest records. All other counties have until Jan. 1 2025 to expunge their marijuana arrest records. According to the Illinois law, there are three categories of marijuana-related arrest records. The first two can be expunged automatically; the third group requires a court petition. This process is called a partial expungement and only applies to certain types of convictions.
Since the legalization of marijuana, many convictions related to the drug are automatically expunged, but there are still some exceptions. Marijuana possession convictions have to be less than a decade old and must not be related to any violent crime. The Illinois State Police are hoping to complete the expungement process before that deadline. So far, over 700 applications have been submitted for the second round of dispensary licenses in the state. In addition to the first batch of dispensaries, more than 60 of those applications have been considered social equity applicants, which meet certain criteria in order to benefit historically disenfranchised communities.
The Illinois legalization of marijuana will result in thousands of expungements. The Illinois State Police has already expunged 492,129 arrest records related to marijuana. Once they’re completed, local law enforcement agencies will follow suit, and all of the records will be wiped clean. If you’ve had a criminal record for marijuana, the expungement process could be your ticket to a brighter future.