Adult-use cannabis is coming to Illinois. Following the Senate’s majority approval, the Illinois House voted today 66 to 47 in approval of the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. The bill has been sent to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk, who is expecting to sign the legislation, formally legalizing adult-use cannabis in the Land of Lincoln.
Illinois is now the 11th state to legalize an adult-use market, and the first state to enact a regulated market through legislation, and not a public vote.
The Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act will allow Illinoisans to posses up to 30 grams of cannabis and 5 grams of concentrate, and will allow for medical patients to cultivate up to five flowering plants within their own homes.
Grant programs, like Restoring Our Communities, will be used to reinvest in communities most impacted by the War on Drugs. Other social equity component, like expungement, entrepreneurial development, low-interest loan programs, and the redistribution of taxes to low-income areas will be implemented to ensure the inclusion and up-lifting of Illinois communities.
Regulators have set a target date of Jan. 1st, 2020 for the first adult-use commercial sales to take place. With Michigan struggling to finalize an adult-use market, if regulators get their wish, the state of Illinois could be the first Midwestern state to distribute adult-use cannabis.