Marijuana In Illinois

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Introducing Your Guide to Marijuana in Illinois

Today, it’s illegal to buy or smoke marijuana in Illinois, unless you’re one of the more than 65,000 patients approved by the state to use cannabis for medical reasons. But that’s changing. Whether you like it or not, when you ring in the New Year you’ll be entering a new era of pot policy.

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Legal marijuana sales are coming to Illinois in January. That’s the law, plain and simple. But where exactly can you smoke pot in Chicago?

5 Things to Know

You’ll have to be 21 years old to legally buy and use marijuana.

All marijuana sold in dispensaries across the state will be grown in Illinois (in one of the state’s licensed “cultivation centers”).

Want to grow your own? Only state-registered medical marijuana patients can do that. (The limit’s five per household.)

Medical marijuana patients also get first dibs on cannabis if supplies run short (and in the beginning, they may).

You won’t be allowed to smoke, vape or consume marijuana or pot products in public. That includes bars and restaurants.

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Illinois Dispensaries

Right now, there are 55 pot shops in Illinois catering to medical marijuana users. (The state calls them “cannabis dispensaries.”) Each of these shops is allowed to open a second location to sell recreational marijuana, so that number will only grow. Use our map to see which shops are open, and where they’re located.

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