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Is Weed Legal in Illinois?

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Recreational marijuana legalized in Illinois 2020.

A map of the United States with Illinois highlighted in green.

Is Weed Legal in Illinois? The Land of Lincoln officially Legal recreational marijuana with the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act in 2019, opening the door for adult-use sales in 2020. This makes Illinois the 11th state to Legal recreational use of marijuana, and the first to do so through the legislative process.

The law allows for adults 21 and over to possess, purchase, and transport up to 30 grams of marijuana flower, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate, and 500 milligrams of THC contained in infused products such as edibles. But many wonder if you can bring Legal purchased cannabis from Illinois into other states where it is not Legal.

According to Andrew Mullins, executive director of the Missouri Cannabis Trade Association (MOCann), Missouri has already outpaced Illinois in terms of marijuana sales. Missouri recently Legal medical marijuana, and has seen its marijuana industry grow exponentially since then.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin sits on a near-island of cannabis prohibition, surrounded by states with Legal weed. But, as medical marijuana inches closer to Legal, a booming marijuana industry could be on the horizon.

The governor of Illinois says that the state's marijuana Legal law has created more than 30,000 jobs since the market launched in January. With more states considering Legal, the cannabis industry is experiencing rapid growth, as are the associated job opportunities.

Florida, Ohio, and Nebraska are all considering cannabis Legal, while analysts predict that marijuana will likely remain illegal on the federal level. Illinois and Michigan already allow for recreational use of cannabis. Estimates suggest that marijuana sales would be significant in Wisconsin if marijuana was Legal.

In Pennsylvania, Democratic governor Tom Wolf has indicated that he is open to the idea of Legal recreational marijuana. His lieutenant governor, John Fetterman, has long advocated for cannabis Legal, and recently pushed for the passage of a bill that would Legal recreational marijuana statewide.

In addition, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy has pushed for marijuana Legal, and his efforts have been successful. The Garden State is now the 11th state to Legal recreational marijuana use, and the first to do so through the legislative process.

In New York, Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo has also advocated for marijuana Legal, and recently proposed a bill that would establish a regulated recreational marijuana program in the state. His proposal has received widespread support from lawmakers and the public.

In neighboring Connecticut, Democratic governor Ned Lamont has proposed legislation to Legal recreational marijuana. Lamont has also noted that Legal cannabis could create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.

Finally, in neighboring Massachusetts, Democratic governor Charlie Baker has proposed a bill to Legal recreational marijuana. The bill would allow for adults over 21 to possess, purchase, and consume recreational marijuana.

Shapiro has previously endorsed marijuana Legal and taxation. He believes that Legal cannabis would help to reduce crime and generate millions in tax revenue. Currently, Illinois charges a 7 percent tax at wholesale, and another 10 to 25 percent on retail sales.

So we asked some experts, including cannabis and sleep specialists at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, if there are any potential health risks associated with marijuana use. The experts concluded that marijuana can have both positive and negative effects on sleep, but that more research is needed to understand the full impact of cannabis on sleep.

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