In under a week, Illinois will allow recreational marijuana. But there are flaws.
Here are the details you may have missed.
Most questions about weed require answers about the form in which it is consumed.
Question 1: How much can I have?
Thirty grams of weed in flower form is the maximum amount, which is usually between 30 and 50 joints. One gram is about the weight of a paper clip.
If you use cannabis concentrate – think of medicated oil cartridges and medicated muscle creams – then five grams is the maximum. If it is edible, like brownies or gums, then 500 milligrams is the maximum you can have. Although it can vary a lot, it’s usually 50 milligrams.
Note that if you are not a resident of Illinois, you are only allowed to have half of these amounts within state borders.
Question 2: How much will I be taxed?
It depends on the amount of THC, the chemical responsible for most of the psychological effects of marijuana. In flower form, there will be a 10% tax. Edible products are taxed at 20% but will be taxed at 25% if THC levels are above 35%.
In most states that have legalized recreational weeds, they are generally 30% to 50% more expensive than illegal weeds.
Question 3: Where can I smoke weed?
At licensed tobacco retailers and weed clinics. At home, if you own a home. If you are a tenant, you will need your landlord’s approval. If you are in a public housing unit or if you use a public housing voucher, you cannot smoke marijuana there.
A few days before the light goes green in Illinois, colleges may allow marijuana, which could jeopardize the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.