As of January 2020, marijuana is legal for recreational use in Illinois. For many people, that leaves plenty of questions to answer. Before you hit up a local Chicago dispensary, make sure you know what to expect. Whether you’re an avid follower of the move to legalize or a first-time customer, understanding this landmark change can help you shop smart. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important things to know before you buy.
Adults Only — Just like tobacco and alcohol, marijuana is still illegal for minors to purchase. If you’re under the age of 21, you’ll need to wait before you make your first trip to the dispensary. For those old enough to partake, remember not to share any of your purchases with underage individuals.
Ask Your Employer — Cannabis may not be against the law, but companies can still maintain zero-tolerance policies. Make sure you know your employer’s expectations and don’t lose your job because of a miscommunication.
Public vs. Private — You still can’t light up in public spaces, including your front porch. The general guideline is not to use cannabis anywhere where the public could reasonably observe you. Backyards and balconies are usually fine. The one thing you can’t do at home? Grow your own plants. With the exception of medical marijuana users, a licensed dispensary is the only place to get marijuana legally.