As someone who has tried marijuana and used it in places where it’s legal, you may think that the rest of the United States is becoming less offended by its use. You might think you won’t face charges if you’re caught, since other people wouldn’t.
Sadly, that isn’t the case. illinois does not recognize legal recreational marijuana. While individuals are pushing to see it legalized, until it is, you can face serious penalties if you’re caught using, possessing, selling or transporting it.
What are illinois’s marijuana-specific laws?
illinois specifically criminalizes marijuana but has less severe charges for marijuana possession in comparison to the possession of drugs like cocaine or heroin. Growing marijuana, selling it or possessing it are all crimes in illinois and federally.
Is possessing or selling marijuana a felony crime?
Depending on the amount of marijuana in your possession, you could face a felony charge or a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is placed against those who have 30 grams of marijuana or less. Felonies for possession begin at 30 grams of marijuana or more. If you produce more than five plants, you’ll face a felony charge as well.
Selling marijuana is treated similarly. Selling 30 to 500 grams is a Class 3 felony while it’s a class X felony to sell over 5,000 grams. In many cases, you could also face fines for selling marijuana. Some fines are as much as $200,000.
Is medical marijuana legal in illinois?
Yes, with an appropriate prescription. If you are charged with a crime and have a prescription, you may be able to have the case against you dropped.
These are a few things you should know about marijuana laws in illinois. Until the laws change, it’s best to avoid this drug if you want to stay out of trouble with the law.