CHICAGO — Adult-use cannabis became legal for adults in Illinois on Wednesday, and residents and visitors can begin purchasing recreational marijuana.
More than 30 existing medical marijuana dispensaries (see map below) have been issued licenses to begin selling cannabis to adults 21 and older beginning Jan. 1. The first licenses for new dispensaries are not scheduled to be issued until May 2020.
Illinois residents are allowed to buy or possess up to 30 grams of marijuana flower, 5 grams of concentrated cannabis, and edibles infused with up to 500 milligrams of THC or any equivalent combination. People without in-state identification may only purchase or carry half of those amounts.
Tax rates are determined by the product’s level of THC, the active psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. The state tax rate is 10 percent for items composed of less than 35 percent THC. Marijuana with more than 35 percent THC will be taxed at 25 percent; and the tax rate for cannabis-infused merchandise with more than 35 percent THC will be 20 percent.Buy Marijuana In Illinois
Municipalities with home rule authority can collect a 3 percent cannabis retailers tax in addition to existing sales tax. County boards can levy a 3.75 percent tax for cannabis retailers in unincorporated areas, according to House Bill 1438, the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act.SubscribeBuy Marijuana In Illinois
The locations of Illinois cannabis dispensaries are shown below, with dispensaries now set for adult-use sales marked with images of leaves. Dispensaries permitted to sell only to medical marijuana cardholders are indicated with crosses. Although existing medical dispensaries in Arlington Heights and Naperville have been issued licenses to sell recreational cannabis, local elected officials in both towns have voted against allowing them to sell to adults without medical cards. One Chicago dispensary plans to delay the sale of recreational cannabis until February, and the Deerfield village ordinance authorizing adult-use cannabis business has a delayed effective date.Buy Marijuana In Illinois