CPD Release 'Things You Should Know' Recreational Marijuana Legalization Facts Video

WBBM Newsradio Staff
December 05, 2019 - 7:58 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Recreational marijuana will become legal in Illinois starting Jan. 1 and the Chicago Police Department want to make sure everyone is well educated on the new law.

The Chicago Police Department released Wednesday a video on social media detailing everything you need to know about the recreational marijuana law. 

"Starting January 1, 2020 under new state law it will be legal to possess and use small amounts of cannabis in the state of Illinois," Officer Garduno begins the video. "I am here to walk you through what you can and can't do under the new law."

In the video, CPD said under the new law, adults 21-years of age and older will legally be able to purchase and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis leaf, five grams of cannabis concentrate, and 500 milligrams of cannabis-infused products.

The department reminds residents the only place to legally purchase cannabis and THC products is at an authorized, licensed business. Private sales are prohibited.

"Remember: Growing cannabis is still illegal," Officer Garduno said in the video. "Only medical cannabis card holders can grow up to five plants."

Now let's move on to where you can use cannabis products.

"You can legally consume cannabis or THC-infused products within your private residence or designated areas within businesses licensed for THC consumption," said Officer Matlock in the video. "Remember, landlords and property owners can ban cannabis use and consumption within their properties, so please be sure to check ahead of time."

In the video, CPD said you cannot consume cannabis in motor vehicles, on CTA property including buses and trains, on school grounds, in restaurants and bars, or any public place, "which means any place where a person can reasonably be expected to be observed by others, such as streets, sidewalks, parks and playgrounds, or front porches."

When transferring cannabis or THC-infused products in a motor vehicle, be sure to place them in a sealed, odor-proof, child-resistant container that is reasonably inaccessible in the vehicle, police said.

"Anyone found in violation of the new ordinance will be issued a citation or subject to other enforcement action," Officer Garduno said in the video. "As we move into the new year, we ask all adults, who choose to legal purchase cannabis products to do so in a safe and responsible manner in order to ensure the public safety of all Chicago residents."