Springfield, IL: An estimated 30 state-licensed retailers began selling marijuana products to adults on Wednesday, January 1.
Under the new law, state-licensed retailers may provide up to 30 grams of cannabis to those over the age of 21. Those who are visiting from out of state may purchase 15 grams of cannabis.
The law also enacts several other changes. Specifically, it permits qualified patients for the first time to engage in the home cultivation of up to five plants, while decriminalizing home grows for non-patients. The law also establishes procedures for the automatic expungement of low-level minor convictions (possession up to 30 grams) and facilitates a process for the expungement of cases involving the possession of up to 500 grams.
Illinois lawmakers passed the legislation, The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, in June. Illinois is the eleventh state to legalize adult marijuana use, and it is the first state to legislatively enact a comprehensive regulatory scheme governing commercial production and sales.
Commenting on the new law, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: "Illinois lawmakers are to be commended for enacting comprehensive legislative reform that is both in accordance with public opinion as well as with principles of fairness and social justice."
On December 31, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued over 11,000 pardons to those with low-level marijuana convictions.
For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500, or visit Chicago NORML.