The State of Cannabis Legalization in Illinois

As you may know, Illinois governor Jay Pritzker is signing into law a marijuana legalization bill today. The bill is slated to go in effect on January 1, 2020. Leafly created this handy infographic to answer all the questions you might have about the process.

The race is now on to get about 55 Illinois adult-use stores open, serve potentially millions of customers, and dismantle the decades-old drug war machine. Aspiring retailers have just weeks to apply for licenses. Illinois state agencies must immediately start creating programs to license them. People currently facing low-level marijuana charges can petition to have cases dropped effective immediately.
To give you an idea of how far we’ve come: California’s 1996 medical marijuana law, the nation’s first, could fit on a postcard. The bill signed into law by Pritzker today ran to more than 600 pages.

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Infographic courtesy of Leafly

There is a lot of promise for the cannabis industry in Illinois. Moreover, Illinois is attempting to uniquely govern legal cannabis.

Industry sources say Illinois’ marijuana companies are at the forefront of not just supporting social equity but actually embracing the concept, because it could benefit everyone – including the businesses themselves.
The idea of Illinois’ program is to give a leg-up to socially disadvantaged groups in so-called “disproportionately impacted areas,” which include:

1. Areas with high rates of arrest, conviction and incarceration related to cannabis.

2. Areas of high poverty and unemployment.

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Although a shortage of cannabis is expected come January 1st, we anticipate that the cannabis industry in Illinois will be just fine.