Not everyone is excited about the legalization. Zach Levin of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, which specializes in addiction recovery, believes it sends the wrong message to younger people.
“Legalizing recreational cannabis use means that it is then safe to consume,” Levin said. “I think we are at a similar place to where we were with nicotine.”Illinois residents can purchase up to 30 grams of flower, 5 grams of concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC-infused products (edibles). Out-of-state visitors will be able to buy half those amounts. Dispensaries will determine residency based on your state-issued ID or driver’s license. For more information about Illinois’ new pot laws CLICK HERE. On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker granted over 11,000 pardons for people who had low-level cannabis convictions. The expungement of thousands of records applied to all low-level pot possession convictions dating back decades — that means possession of 30 grams or less. However, state’s attorneys throughout Illinois can consider filings to vacate cases involving up to 500 grams of marijuana.