HB 1438, or the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, will allow adults 21 years of age and older to purchase, possess and consume cannabis products from state-licensed retail outlets. Illinois will still maintain its medical marijuana program and even included provisions to give existing businesses a leg-up in the new recreational market.
In January 2014, Illinois became the twentieth state to legalize medical marijuana in the form of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act. Although medical marijuana was legalized several years ago, the development of regulations and cannabis business operations have been progressing slowly and cautiously. Illinois' medical marijuana legislation is still in its infancy, remaining in a pilot designation until July 2020.
Qualifying patients with debilitating medical conditions are allowed to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis or more if their physician believes it is an adequate supply.