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How much cannabis is allowed in Illinois?

On Behalf of | Nov 5, 2020 | Drug Offenses

Adults who are 21 or older can have marijuana for personal use in Illinois. Those who are 18 up to 21 can only have marijuana if they have a medical use card. There are specific limits that apply for possession for those who can legally have it. Anyone, including visitors to the state, who want to purchase cannabis should learn the limits, so they don’t go over them.

One thing to remember is that even if you don’t live in Illinois, you can still purchase cannabis products here. However, it’s against federal law to travel across state lines with it so whatever you purchase must be consumed in Illinois. The limits for cannabis for visitors are half of the limits for residents. These limits are as follows:

  • Cannabis flower: Residents – 30 grams; Visitors – 15 grams
  • Cannabis concentrate as oils, kief, or dab: Residents – 5 grams; Visitors – 2.5 grams
  • Cannabis infused products as tinctures, edibles, and similar products: Residents – 500 milligrams of THC; Visitors – 250 milligrams of THC

All cannabis products must be purchased from a dispensary and not from street dealers. This is because there isn’t any regulation for dealers like there is for the dispensaries. It’s imperative that remember this since you can face criminal charges for buying from other sources than dispensaries. Additionally, you can’t grow your own as a recreational user.

Anyone who’s facing cannabis-related charges needs to learn about their defense options. Reviewing these to determine what they feel is the best option for them is important. This may require them to discuss the options with their attorney and determine how each option might impact them.