In recent years, many states have come to change their laws concerning
marijuana use. Some states have legalized all use of cannabis; others
have written tougher laws in hopes to eliminate use of the drug altogether;
and others, like Illinois, have recently opened the door to medical use
of the substance. Because of these changes, it is important that you stay
informed on local laws for marijuana use and act accordingly. Read on
for a summary of marijuana laws in Illinois.
Authorized Use: Medical Marijuana
At the time of this writing, the state of Illinois only permits medical
use of marijuana. This approach was formalized when the Compassionate
Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program took effect in early 2015. Under
this program, medical patients can now apply for legalized access to medical
marijuana. To register, a patient must have a qualifying medical condition
There are still several limitations to medical marijuana use:
- Unless authorized, prescriptions cannot exceed 2.5 ounces of cannabis per 14 days
- Marijuana can only be obtained from authorized cultivation centers
- Patients must follow guidelines for usage and possession
- Patients cannot grow or sell cannabis
Criminal Use of Marijuana
All other activities normally associated with the use and sale of marijuana
are still prohibited. If caught with cannabis, you could face criminal
charges and serious penalties. You could also face harsh consequences
for possessing unauthorized drug paraphernalia.
State law still prohibits the following uses of marijuana:
If arrested for any of these offenses, your charges could range from a
Class B misdemeanor to a Class X felony. Even the amount of marijuana
found in your possession could be enough to warrant a felony. When facing
marijuana charges, you need an attorney at your side who understands the criminal process
and can help protect your rights.
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