As we’ve talked about many times, recreational pot will be legal in Illinois starting January 1, 2020. So, starting New Year’s Day, if you’re an Illinois resident over 21 with a valid ID, you can officially buy. You will be allowed to purchase and hold up to 30 grams of cannabis if it’s in the flower form, which is a little more than an ounce, in case you need the conversion. Additionally, you can have up to 5 grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC, if it’s in the form of a product. Also, all of this weed product is an inclusive number, so be sure not to go above that, to stay within the law.
If you have a medical cannabis card, you have a bit more leeway. Illinois Patients using medical weed can keep more pot at home – up to 2 and a half ounces. This includes up to five plants for cultivation (not sales). In case you need a refresher, here are the rules for qualifying for medical cannabis in Illinois.
So, where do I buy legal weed in Chicago?
Back to adult-use sales recreational sales: They will begin first thing January 1, 2020. 10 Chicago medical cannabis dispensaries have the green light to sell recreationally. Here is where to buy weed in Chicago: 10 cannabis stores:
- Norwood Park: Zen Leaf, 6428 N. Milwaukee Ave.
- Uptown: Dispensary 33, 5001 N. Clark St.
- Portage Park: Columbia Care, 4758 N. Milwaukee Ave.
- Wrigleyville: Medmar Lakeview, 3812 N. Clark St.
- Logan Square: MOCA, 2847 W. Fullerton Ave.
- West Town: NuMed Chicago, 1308 W. North Ave.
- Near West Side: The Herbal Care Center, 1301 S. Western Ave.
- Brighton Park: Maribis of Chicago, 4570 S. Archer Ave.
- Garfield Ridge: Midway Dispensary, 5648 S. Archer Ave.
- South Chicago: Mission Illinois, 8554 S. Commercial Ave.
Chicago weed dispensaries guidelines
While dispensaries will typically be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, supplies will be limited due to a huge anticipated demand. Some will offer only vape cartridges and edibles in the beginning in order to reserve enough marijuana flower products for medical patients.
Curious about pricing? One-eighth ounce of marijuana will typically be around $55. Edibles between 50 and 100 milligrams of THC will typically cost between $20 and $30.
Remember to bring cash. Due to federal banking regulations, most dispensaries operate as cash-only businesses, though on-site ATMs are common.
While there are only 10 locations to start with, the state could open as many as 75 new dispensaries by May, as well as 40 licenses for infusers and another 40 licenses for craft growers by July. A second wave will follow, with up to 110 new dispensaries opening statewide by the end of 2021. So, we’ve said before, this is only the beginning. Stay tuned for more news from us, and Happy January 1st!