Although nearly two weeks have passed since the sale of recreational marijuana was launched in Illinois, some people are still confused about the workings of the state law. Discussed below are five myths about legal pot in Illinois.
- Legal means no limit
Adult-use marijuana in Illinois is permissible, but only people aged 21 or above are allowed to use and possess marijuana. People can possess a maximum of 30 grams of marijuana bud and can only buy it from a licensed dispensary within the state.
Registered medical marijuana patients in Illinois can grow a maximum of five plants at their home, and it should be hidden from the public.
- You can smoke weed anywhere
Some of the marijuana consumption restrictions include not using while driving, or on school grounds. Public consumption of marijuana is also prohibited, and this includes parks, sidewalks, and even in restaurants or bars where cigar and cigarette smoking is illegal. However, Illinois will issue permits to the establishments that want to set up smoking lounges. Besides, dispensaries interested in setting up smoking zones in their shops would also be permitted.
The local police is responsible for arresting marijuana offenders. Although they said that their focus would not be on the low-level offender, Naperville police warned marijuana users in a Facebook video that anyone found violating the new law would be liable to civil litigation.
People should also note that Illinois law does not operate beyond the borders of the state, thus if you are caught with weed at an airport, be sure that the federal authorities could take action against you.
- Illinois is tracking weed users
When customers are buying weed from dispensaries, they are asked to present their identification, such as driver’s license, which is scanned to verify its legitimacy. It provides proof of their age and residency because under Illinois law, out of state buyers cannot buy or possess much weed. However, state law prohibits the dispensaries from holding onto the customer’s data. But information (name) on medical marijuana patients is kept in a state database.
- Marijuana users cannot have guns
Marijuana consumption for gun owners is a topic that has gained traction on social media. The Illinois State Police issued a statement saying that marijuana usage is not a good enough reason to revoke Firearm’s Owners Identification or Concealed Carry Licenses. However, it would withdraw or deny the permit if the person is addicted or is a habitual consumer of narcotics, as well as those who violate the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.
Since the state has the name of all medical marijuana patients, it will be more difficult for medical marijuana patients to buy a gun in Illinois than it is for adult-use marijuana users because of its anonymity.
- Tax rates are capped
In Illinois, adult-use marijuana is subject to a state tax and a special marijuana tax, which depends on the level of THC. The tax rate ranges from 10% to 25%. The higher the level of THC, the higher the tax rate.
The price of weed could still go up because as of July 2020, local cities can impose a maximum tax rate of up to 3% on all marijuana sales.
The best way to avoid believing myths is by proactively seeking accurate information. Experts therefore recommend that you always read the information shared by cannabis companies like HTC Extraction Systems (TSX.V: HTC) (OTCQB: HTPRF) and No Borders Inc. (OTC: NBDR) or contact the state cannabis regulators if in doubt.
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