CRESTWOOD, Illinois – Everyone's curious about Illinois legalizing recreational marijuana on January 1, 2020, so here's some answers per the southwest suburb of Crestwood Police's Facebook page:
We know that there are a lot of questions about the changes in the laws in reference to marijuana. Some of the questions might not even have answers yet.
So here is some information that we took from the Moline Police Department that will hopefully answer some questions.
Here are the do's and don'ts for legal marijuana, which will fill our air starting next Wednesday:
Illinois residents over the age of 21 can possess up to 30 grams of marijuana, up to 500 milligrams of THC infused products and up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate. Non-Illinois residents, you can possess half of those values.
Marijuana must be purchased from a regulated marijuana dispensary. This means, if you purchase your marijuana from your buddy down the block, you and your buddy will still be arrested. Sorry, but if you are a street pharmacist, the war on drugs rages on for you.
Some of you green thumbers, will be allowed to grow cannabis in your own homes, but you will need a Medical Cannabis card to do so. If you have such a card, you can't sell or give away any personally grown cannabis, cannabis plants or cannabis-infused products. If you grow it, they can't come (imagine the Field of Dreams version of marijuana growing voice here)
If you are under 21 and want to smoke, ingest, consume marijuana you can do so if: you are in your own home and your parents allow you to do so, you are part of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act or you are part of the Community College Cannabis Vocational Pilot program. Parents, you can't allow children that aren't your own to smoke marijuana in your residence, don't try to be the cool parent, it'll be an expensive fine and everyone will talk about you.
No one under 18 can have marijuana.
Cannabis must be consumed in the privacy of a residence and can't be used in public places or vehicles. If you smoke marijuana in your vehicles you will face steep fines and your driving privileges can be suspended.
Legally purchased cannabis must remain in the package in which it was purchased. All illegal cannabis (aka the devil's lettuce) can still be packaged in the corner baggies hidden in purple or green Crown Royal bags, which will then be packaged in our evidence bags, because it's illegal and we will arrest you for it. Sorry the war on drugs rages on for you folks that can't follow the legal marijuana laws.
We ask that everyone who chooses to consume marijuana do so legally and responsibly. Never, under any circumstances consume marijuana and operate a motor vehicle.
If, like us, you're not cool enough to know about the Crown Royal bags reference, well, here's what they're talking about: