On June 25, 2019, the State legalized the consumption of cannabis for non-medicinal purposes (the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act). Starting January 1, 2020, adults 21 and older will be able to legally purchase cannabis (and cannabis concentrate, and THC infused products) for recreational use from licensed Adult Use dispensaries across the state. The new law will allow Illinois adults 21 years and older to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis. Those using cannabis for medical purposes would be allowed grow it at home, although recreational users are still prohibited from home growing. Personal cannabis use will be allowed in most private residences, but not in prohibited areas including any public place or in close physical proximity to underage persons.
With the new law, no local government may unreasonably prohibit the use of cannabis within their boundaries. However, the Act does allow local governments to ban or significantly limit cannabis businesses in their jurisdiction, including dispensaries, cultivation centers, craft growers, processing organizations, and transportation organizations. Over the next few months, all Illinois communities will decide whether to “opt out”, as allowed by the Act.
UPDATE – Cannabis Businesses are prohibited in La Grange Park
At the August 27th Village Board Meeting, the Village Board approved an Ordinance to prohibit all cannabis businesses. By doing so, the Village does not allow the cultivation, processing, transportation or dispensing of recreational cannabis within our community.
More information about the Village Ordinance and the new State Law are available at the links below. Residents with questions may contact the Village at: firstname.lastname@example.org.