Registered Patient Population
of Total Population Represented by Patients
Total Medical Retail Locations Currently in Operation
248,316 : 1
Patients : Retail
Illinois is continuing to improve patient access but not much has been done to implement patient legal protections. In 2019, Illinois became the first state to legalize the non-medical use of cannabis through the legislature. Cannabis is legal to all adults over 21 in Illinois. Home cultivation is not legal for anyone. Patients report high prices and inconsistent product availability. Patients and caregivers may possess up to 2.5 ounces in public. Many blame the adult-use market for the decrease in supply and the increase in cost of cannabis products. Up until recently, patients had to register with a single dispensary to receive their medication, but this is no longer the case. There is no reciprocity for out of state patients in Illinois. Details on how these laws apply to patients and medical professionals can be found below.
In 2019, Governor JB Pritzker of the state of Illinois signed into law a revision of the Illinois Cannabis Control Act (720 ILCS 550.1 et seq.) allowing residents to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis. In the same year, the state also authorized an automatic expungement process for those convicted of a minor cannabis offense of less than 30 grams, excluding violent crimes. Expungement can be granted in cases involving misdemeanors and level 4 felonies of greater quantities of cannabis, following submission of a petition. On June 25, 2019, the Public Act 101-27 passed into law. This made any record which was deemed a “Minor Cannabis Offense” eligible for expungement. Review the website of the Illinois State Police.
Home cultivation is allowed in Illinois, for medical cannabis patients and their caregivers to cultivate up to five cannabis plants simultaneously for personal use. Recreational cultivation is not permitted, and growing five or fewer plants for recreational use is a misdemeanor that comes with a fine.
NOTICE: It can be challenging for patients to determine which businesses offering cannabis products are licensed and approved by the state. Review this list of medical cannabis retailers and/or a list of adult use retailers to find out where to purchase regulated cannabis in Illinois.
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Navigating Illinois State Laws:
Here is a breakdown of how Illinois fared in ASA’s Annual State of the States Report, which evaluates the effectiveness of each state cannabis program from a patient perspective and assigns a grade using a rubric that reflects the key issues affecting patient access. Medical cannabis laws are constantly changing, ASA’s policy recommendations for Illinois can be found below. For policy updates sign up here.
|Patient Rights and Civil Protections
|Access to Medicine
|Health and Social Equity
|Consumer Protection and Product Safety
|Excerpted from ASA's 2022 State of the States Report.
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