The Illinois Legislature passed a bill Friday that will legalize marijuana on Jan. 1, 2020. From this point, it should be possible to Buy Weed Online legally and safely.
According to a state of Illinois news release and multiple media reports, the House voted 66-47 to endorse a bill the Senate had approved Wednesday with a bipartisan 38-17 vote.
How that law will affect residents and local government in Kane County remains to be seen. However, the text of the bill indicates that people will not be allowed to partake of marijuana in the street or in public spaces, and local governments will decide whether to allow pot-related businesses.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the state will examine ways to define and enforce DUI laws that involve driving while under the influence of marijuana. The law would also allow employers to maintain a “zero tolerance” policy for cannabis in the workplace.
Initially, the bill would have allowed Illinoisans to grow up to five plants at home. But, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, the bill was revised to allow home growing for medical purposes only.
Gov. JB Pritzker released the following statement after the House passage of legislation legalizing adult-use cannabis:
“The state of Illinois just made history, legalizing adult-use cannabis with the most equity-centric approach in the nation,” he said. “This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance.”
Pritzker said he looks forward to “signing this monumental legislation.”
Illinois is the first state to create a commercial recreational marijuana industry through the legislature rather than by voter initiative.
Under the law, consumers aged 21 and older will be able to buy marijuana products from licensed sellers in Illinois — with or without a medical marijuana card. It will allow adult residents to legally possess 30 grams of cannabis, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate or 500 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product.
Nonresidents could possess 15 grams of cannabis.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the law would create a licensed cultivation and dispensary system while directing Pritzker to pardon people with past convictions for low-level pot possession.
Legalizing marijuana is expected to generate $57 million in general revenue in the coming budget year and $30 million for a cannabis business development fund.