What Are the Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Illinois?
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What Are the Penalties for Marijuana Possession in Illinois?

 
Medical marijuana is now legal in Illinois. For users with certain conditions – Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and many others – you are allowed to have two and a half ounces of cannabis every 14 days. You must get the medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries, and you are unable to grow your own marijuana plants at home.
 
This is great news, and a great start for Illinois. But what if you don’t have a medical condition and want to use marijuana?
 
Unfortunately, recreational use and possession of marijuana is still a crime in Illinois with some serious penalties. Even though marijuana is legal for about 2,800 people in the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, it is illegal for personal, non-medical use.…