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On June 25th, 2019, Illinois officially became the 11th state in America to legalize recreational marijuana when Governor J.B. Pritzker signed HB 1438, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA). The bill allows adults 21 years of age and older to purchase, possess and consume cannabis products from state-licensed retail outlets. Legal cannabis officially took effect on January 1, 2020. Now, adults of legal age may purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis flower from licensed dispensaries. Illinois still maintains its medical marijuana program as well.

The state’s medical program was approved January 2014, making Illinois the twentieth state to legalize medical marijuana in the form of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act.  Home cultivation for medical cannabis patients began in January of 2020. Home cultivators are allowed to keep whatever they harvest, however standard possession limits apply outside of a patient’s residency.