The Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in 2020
Illinois enters a marijuana state of mind this month as the state’s new law legalizing recreational cannabis goes into effect January 1st, 2020. The nearly four dozen dispensaries around the state including 11 in Chicago are gearing up for an historic number of visitors and sales. The timing couldn’t be better as January is now dubbed National CBD Month.
I FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON
Illinois’ new law ends prohibition of marijuana throughout the state. Medical marijuana has been legal in Illinois for a few years now. The new cannabis law makes Illinois the 11th state to allow its use and sale for recreational purposes.
The law allows people 21 or older to possess of up to 30 grams (1.06 ounces) of cannabis flower and up to 5 grams (0.17 ounces) of cannabis concentrate. Recreational marijuana may not be consumed in public and consumers are not allowed to transport it across state lines.
The Legalization of Marijuana's Bottom Line
The good news is that legalizing marijuana in Illinois creates more jobs and expunges thousands of records for those who were busted for illegal use and possession. It’s the end of prohibition. Depending on who you talk to, sales at maturity could pass the 4 billion dollar mark. However, state officials estimate Cannabis sales could be up to $250 million by 2022.
The state of Illinois is Socially Sparked® as they enter a marijuana state of mind. The jury is still out on if the state can handle the product demand but at the moment, Illinoisans are in a completely happy cloud. — Abbe is #SociallySparked Tweet us @sosparkednews & @asparks01