Cannabis Laws in Illinois Cannabis Laws

Illinois has a medical cannabis program, established in 2013. Recreational use for adults over the age of 21 has been legal since 2019. Here, you will learn about the current medical cannabis laws, the current recreational cannabis laws, as well as possession limits, cultivation laws, and how this affects your second amendment rights.

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Medical Cannabis Laws in Illinois

Telehealth for Cannabis in Illinois

Telehealth is legal for medical cannabis consultations in Illinois. You can see a compassionate and friendly medical marijuana physician online with Leafwell today.

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Recreational Cannabis Laws in Illinois

Benefits of having a Medical Cannabis Card in a Recreational State

You may be wondering why you need a medical cannabis card in Illinois when recreational marijuana use is legal. Well, there are many benefits to being a medical cannabis card holder. Here are some of them:

  • Medical cannabis card holders pay just 1% tax on products
  • Your medical cannabis card allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis over a 14 day period. Recreational users can only possess 1.05 ounces
  • Medical card holders can apply for a waiver to possess more if required
  • Medical cannabis card holders can grow up to 5 cannabis plants but recreational users are not allowed to grow plants.

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Qualifying Conditions for Medical Cannabis Patients in Illinois

Medical Marijuana for Minors in Illinois

You must be aged 18 or over in order to get a medical marijuana card in Illinois if you’re applying for yourself. In Illinois, you can get a medical marijuana card for a minor with parental/guardian consent. Caregivers must complete the following application form on the Illinois website. You will also need to consent to give your fingerprints. You cannot legally be a caregiver if you have a felony conviction. Caregivers must be aged 21 or over.

Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 455 expanding “Ashley’s Law”, which currently allows a parent, guardian or designated caregiver to administer medical marijuana to a student with a valid prescription on school grounds and on school buses.

Cannabis Possession Limits in Illinois

  • For medical card holders – 2.5 ounces
  • For recreational users – 1.05 ounces (30 grams)

Cannabis Cultivation Laws in Illinois

Medical Cannabis Qualification, Gun Laws and Convictions

You cannot legally possess a firearm in Illinois and qualify for the state medical marijuana program at the same time. Those with a felony conviction cannot legally possess a medical marijuana card in Illinois.

Medical Marijuana and Employment Laws

While the Compassionate Use Act does not require employers to accommodate on-the-job use of medical marijuana, it does prohibit employers from “penaliz[ing] a person solely for his or her status as a registered qualifying patient” for medical marijuana in Illinois.

Those who are working with the vulnerable (e.g. children), those working in federal jobs, and those who are operating heavy machinery or vehicles as part of their employment may be tested and potentially terminated, especially if it can be proven that performance was impaired.

Local Cannabis Laws in Illinois

Medical and recreational cannabis is legal in Illinois, with exceptions being on where you can use it. Do not use cannabis in or near federal land or buildings, schools or anywhere where children may be, or any area where tobacco consumption is prohibited. As far as we know, there are no specific laws regarding medical or recreational cannabis in specific cities or jurisdictions in Illinois, but local ordnances are prone to change!