Many U.S. states have finally embraced the use of recreational marijuana, including Illinois. However, this does not mean that you can do whatever you like regarding cannabis.
For example, it remains illegal to cultivate marijuana in our state. If you violate the laws for growing weed, you could face severe penalties.
Who can grow cannabis plants legally?
If you are a registered user of medical marijuana in the state, you have the right to grow up to five plants with no charges or penalties. Those who are not registered users are not allowed to cultivate marijuana. If you get caught growing up to five cannabis plants, you will receive an expensive slap on the wrist with a $200 fine.
The cultivation of more than five marijuana plants is a felony drug offense and is punishable as defined below.
- Cultivating between five and 20 plants. Up to three years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine
- Cultivating between 20 and 50 plants. Up to five years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine
- Cultivating between 50 and 200 plants. Up to seven years of incarceration and a $100,000 fine.
- Cultivating more than 200 marijuana plants. Up to 15 years of incarceration and a $100,000 fine
Horticulture and gardening enthusiasts like the thought of growing marijuana for their own personal use. However, it is wiser to focus your gardening interests on other plants or flowers and turn to a licensed dispensary for your cannabis needs.
Ignorance of the law is no defense when facing drug charges. Learning more about marijuana and other state drug laws can help you identify your best defense options if the police arrest you for growing weed illegally.