Yes, cannabis cultivation is legal in Kane County. On January 1, 2020, adult-use cannabis became legal in Illinois, while medical use has been legal in the State since 2014. In accordance with the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, the cultivation centers of licensed cannabis businesses shall be:
Aside from cultivation centers, cannabis can be homegrown by patients registered under the State’s Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program with the following restrictions:
The Illinois law also says that cannabis cultivation must occur indoors, in an enclosed and locked area that is out of public sight.
Yes. As defined in the Cannabis Control Act of Illinois, cannabis manufacturing includes the production, preparation, propagation, processing, conversion, or compounding of cannabis by extraction from natural cannabis.
Section 1000.405 of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program says that the cultivation facility where cannabis plants will be manufactured into an edible form shall meet the requirements stated in the Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act, Sanitary Food Preparation Act, and Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. In line with that, the Illinois Department of Public Health may at all times conduct random inspections in premises occupied for the production, storage, preparation, and manufacture of medical cannabis products.
To apply for a cannabis manufacturing business, Illinois Administrative Code 1000 states that they shall meet the following criteria and measures:
Yes, cannabis retail is legal in Kane County. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act of Illinois states that The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall enforce and oversee the provisions of this Act relating to the licensing and registration of dispensing establishments.
According to Sections 1-5 of the Act:
Furthermore, Section 15-25 of the Act states that the licensed dispensing organization must agree and comply with a physical location for retail within the first 180 days since the date of the award. That location must not be situated within 1,500 feet of another existing dispensing establishment. However, if the applicant cannot find a suitable location within the first 180 days, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may give an allowance or extend the period for finding a retail store address for another 180 days.
According to Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, cannabis forms that can be sold in the State include edibles, ointments, oil, beverage, and tincture.
In Kane County, recreational cannabis dispensaries shall operate between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm. There shall be no more than one cannabis dispensary approved in the unincorporated areas of Kane County.
Yes, cannabis delivery is allowed in Kane County, but only among licensed cannabis businesses, including craft growers, dispensing organizations, cultivation centers, testing facilities, or infuser organizations. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, Section 40-25, states that all cannabis delivered by a cannabis transporter must be encoded or entered into a data collection system and sealed in a secure container. Transporters are also subject to unannounced or random inspections by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois State Police.
Meanwhile, cannabis delivery for patients with medical marijuana ID cards is still not allowed in Illinois. Senate Bill 2404, a bill that would allow the delivery of adult-use and medical cannabis to patients and consumers in the State, is still pending approval.
To be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Illinois, the patient must:
Debilitating conditions include:
You may fill out the application form prepared by the Illinois Department of Public Health, pay a $100 application fee through check (payable to Illinois Department of Public Health) or credit, then mail it to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761-0001
For more information, you may also contact the Illinois Department of Health at 217-782-4977 or 312-814-2793.
According to a February 2022 Economic Forecast report by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, Illinois generated more than $1 billion in cannabis sales in 2021, gaining more tax revenue than alcohol sales. The figure shows that cannabis contributes to the economic progress of Illinois.
In the State of Illinois, cannabis sales are taxed at 10% for cannabis with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels of 35% or below; 25% for cannabis with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels above 35%; and 20% for all cannabis products, including edibles.
Starting May 1, 2021, Kane County has imposed a County Cannabis Retailers’ Occupation Tax of 2.5% on the gross receipts from retail sales of recreational cannabis. This is in addition to
the State Cannabis Retailers’ Occupation Tax (6.25%).
Statewide, the FBI crime database reported a decrease in DUI cases in Illinois from 2018 to 2019 and 2020, from 2,815, 392, and 231 arrests, respectively.
For the total drug-related arrests in Kane County from 2018 to 2020, data published by the Illinois State Police annual crime report revealed a decrease in the number of cases from 1,283, 1,239, and 940, respectively. Note that the legalization of recreational cannabis in the State took effect in 2020.