Everything you need to know about recreational marijuana in Illinois
Where can I buy weed? What are the best strains? Where can I smoke? We answered all your questions about recreational marijuana.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in Illinois. So where can you buy weed, how much can you have, and where will you be able to light up? We answered these questions and more.
Where can I buy pot?
All over Illinois.
How much weed can I have?
Illinois residents over the age of 21 will be able to carry 30 grams, or just over an ounce, of marijuana flower (the plant itself), 5 grams of cannabis concentrate (like hash oil) and up to a half-gram of THC — the chemical compound that gets users high — within cannabis-infused products, like edibles.
Visitors from outside of Illinois will be allowed to possess half those amounts.
Can I smoke pot wherever I want?
No. You still will not be able to legally partake in the street or in public spaces. Local governments can decide whether to allow pot-related businesses, including ones that could allow users to indulge on-site.
What are the best strains in Illinois?
Medical marijuana has been legal in Illinois for several years, and in that time reviewers have tried strains available at pretty much every pot dispensary in the state — and posted their thoughts. Some of the top picks from the state’s most prolific cannabis connoisseurs are Gelato, G6, DJ Short Flo, Lime Sorbet, and Cherry Hash Plant.
If smoking isn’t really your thing, edibles are available in many forms — even beef ramen — as are coffee and other beverages infused with THC, pills, tinctures and even lotions.
Check out the stories below to learn more about the laws, the landscape, plus a consumer’s guide to legal weed in Illinois.
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June 07, 2019 07:42 PM
The state’s collections since early 2020 now outpace that raised from booze sales. The money has been used on everything from buying an opioid reversal drug to funding a Girl Scouts program to fight human trafficking.
“It doesn’t make sense how they can delay a year and a half and come back more incompetent than when we started,” Britteney Kapri, who’s partnered in one of the suing firms, said of the state’s licensing efforts.
Sozo Health, a Michigan-based pot firm that applied for 11 licenses, filed the suit just a day after Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted a law that seeks to get the long-delayed process back on track.
New marijuana dispensaries are coming to Illinois. Here’s the latest on when and where they might openAn FAQ on a new bill that will nearly triple the number of pot shops in Illinois.
State senators passed the bill in a 50 to 3 vote, and the governor announced he would sign the legislation, which attempts to fix Illinois’ recreational cannabis law to bring in more diversity to the cannabis industry.
“This is driving home the intent of the cannabis law of Illinois,” said state Rep. La Shawn Ford. “We want to get to the point of true social equity.”
The owner of an old AMC movie house in Springfield hopes to transform the theater into a cannabis co-op housing a dispensary, a greenhouse and a lounge to get high — a model its owner wants to replicate around the country.
An unregulated, weed-like drug dubbed ‘CBD on crack’ has spiked in popularity. Now the legal pot industry is calling for a crackdown.Chicago businesses are exploiting an apparent loophole in federal law that allows the unfettered sale of a trendy hemp byproduct called Delta-8-THC, which has commonly been described as “marijuana-lite” or “diet weed.”
Here’s where new pot shops are expected to open in Chicago — and the location of every other dispensary in Illinois [MAP]Illinois now has 110 dispensaries licensed to sell recreational pot — more than ever before — after state regulators issued a slew of permits in recent weeks ahead of a critical deadline.
Rickey Hendon, a former state senator and current dispensary applicant, complained that the deal runs counter to the state’s equity goals and “helps to create the monopoly that we’re trying to get away from.”