Recreational use of cannabis is now legal in Illinois.  

Here is what you need to know: 

  • You must be 21 years old (with an identification card) to purchase cannabis
  • You must purchase from a licensed dealer
  • You can legally purchase and possess: 

   o  30 grams of cannabis
   o  5 grams of concentrate 
   o  Cannabis-infused products containing no more than 500 milligrams of THC

  • Non-residents of Illinois can purchase or possess half of that amount

Even though recreational cannabis is legal, you can: 

  • Still be arrested if you transport cannabis into another state where it remains prohibited
  • Still be fined or ticketed for public use – at a school, a park, near children or somewhere that you can reasonably be observed by others 
  • Still be punished if you grow marijuana in your home
  • Still be fired if your employer has a zero tolerance program
  • Still be arrested for driving after using cannabis 
  • Still be barred by your landlord from smoking cannabis 
  • Still be evicted from public or subsidized housing for using cannabis

If you are a non-citizen, be cautious before you purchase cannabis or work in the cannabis industry. Consult your immigration attorney first.