Yes. On January 1, 2020, recreational cannabis use was legalized in Illinois. Cannabis cultivation is allowed in Will County. Aside from licensed facilities, cannabis can be homegrown by certified, qualifying persons registered under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. There are certain restrictions for homegrown cannabis, which include:
According to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program published by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, a cultivation center shall:
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program also says that cannabis cultivation must take place in an enclosed and locked space, out of public sight.
Yes, cannabis manufacturing is legal in Will County. According to the Cannabis Control Act of Illinois, manufacturing includes the production, propagation, preparation, compounding, processing, or conversion of cannabis by extraction from substances of natural cannabis.
For cannabis business applications to be approved, Illinois Administrative Code 1000 says that they shall address the following criteria and measures:
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, Section 1000.405 says that any area within the cultivation center where cannabis plants will be manufactured into an edible form shall comply with the Sanitary Food Preparation Act, Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act. That being said, the Illinois Department of Public Health may at all times enter every room, building, basement, or premises occupied or used for the production, preparation, storage, and manufacture for sale of medical cannabis-infused products.
Yes. According to Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall oversee and enforce the provisions of this Act relating to the registration of dispensing organizations. Section 15-25 of the Act says that the licensed dispensing organization shall comply with a physical location for retail storefront within 180 days from the date of the award. The location must not be within 1,500 feet of an existing dispensing organization. If the applicant is unable to find a suitable address within 180 days, the Department may extend the period for finding a store address for another 180 days.
According to the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, Section 1-5:
According to Illinois’ Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, the approved forms of cannabis in the state include ointments, oil, edibles, tincture, and beverage.
Yes, cannabis delivery is legal among licensed cannabis businesses. According to The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, Section 40-25, all cannabis delivered by a transporting organization must be encoded into a data collection system and placed into a secure container for transport. These transporters are only allowed to deliver cannabis and cannabis-related products to a dispensing organization, a craft grower, a cultivation center, an infuser organization, or a testing facility. Transporters are also subject to random inspections by the Illinois State Police, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Public Health.
On the other hand, cannabis delivery for patients with medical marijuana cards is still not allowed. Senate Bill 2404, a law that would allow the delivery of medical and recreational cannabis to patients and consumers in Illinois, is still pending and not official.
To register for a medical marijuana card in Illinois, a qualifying patient must:
You may fill out the application form issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health, pay a $100 application fee through credit card or check and make it payable to the Illinois Department of Public Health, then mail it to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761-0001
For questions, you may also contact the Illinois Department of Health by phone: 217-782-4977.
The legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois somehow helped boost its economy. According to a February 2022 report by the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, Illinois exceeded $1 billion in cannabis sales in 2021, generating more tax revenue than alcohol profit.
According to The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, cannabis sales are taxed at 10% for cannabis with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) levels of 35% or below; 25% for cannabis with THC levels above 35%; and 20% for all cannabis-infused products such as edibles.
Statewide, the FBI crime database reported a decrease in Illinois’ DUI cases during 2018, 2019, and 2020, from 2,815, 392, and 231 arrests, respectively. Note that the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state took effect in 2020.
For the total drug-related cases in Will County from 2018 to 2020, data generated from the Illinois State Police annual crime report showed a significant decrease in the number of arrests from 1,287, 1,151, and 721, respectively.