This year, Illinois has rung in the New Year with recreational marijuana.
Starting January 1, 2020, pot enthusiasts flocked to marijuana dispensaries throughout the state to get their share of the now-legal substance.
The New Illinois Marijuana Law
Illinois is the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The marijuana law change in Illinois was signed in June of 2019 but only came into effect starting on the first day of 2020. The new law states that recreational marijuana in Illinois is legal if the drug is bought from a licensed dispensary and smoked in private residences or smoke shops. As with alcohol, those looking to buy the drugs must be over the age of 21. The law also has limitations on the amount of the drug that consumers can buy. For example, Illinois residents are only able to possess up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC and even less for non-Illinois residents. The law also prohibits marijuana products from crossing state lines.1
The Future of Recreational Marijuana in Illinois
Chicago is home to most of the Prairie State’s licensed marijuana dispensaries that have products ranging from oils to edibles. Although the year is just beginning and the law has only just taken effect, these dispensaries are already struggling to fulfill the demands of the consumers. Some popular marijuana dispensaries in Chicago have even been forced to stop the sale of recreational marijuana at times as they must have certain quantities of medicinal marijuana on hand as required by law. As time goes on, the rush to these dispensaries is expected to slow down and a steadier demand is likely to form. The state will also need to find more supplies to fill the high demand.
As a drug rehab in Chicago, we are watching the effects of this new law closely. While many people rejoice at this change, others have concerns. Some evidence suggests that marijuana is a gateway drug. Although many people may not turn to harder drugs after using marijuana, others could. When this happens, addiction may occur, and serious problems can arise. Illinois could see an increase in illegal drug use with the new marijuana law, but only time will tell.
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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.