By: Jessica Jackler
On June 25, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act into law, officially legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois. The legislation takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
The law permits adults 21 and older to purchase cannabis at approved dispensaries. Residents of Illinois will be allowed to purchase up to 1 ounce (30 grams) of marijuana at a time. Non-residents will be limited to 15 grams. Possession otherwise remains a crime until Jan. 1. The law will also expunge criminal possession records for nearly 800,000 people. Additionally, the law will give preference to those citizens in communities most directly and adversely impacted by the enforcement of cannabis-related laws who are interested in starting cannabis business establishments.
See our June 25 L&E Newsletter for more information about the new law and some general advice for employers about this law’s impact on the workplace.