Even though several U.S. states have legalized marijuana, recreational use remains illegal in Illinois. Outside of limited exceptions for medical use, Illinois law makes it unlawful to possess, manufacture, or distribute marijuana. The Cannabis Control Act (the Act) establishes the Illinois laws and penalties for marijuana, which is referred to legally as cannabis.
Definition of Cannabis
Under 720 ILCS 550/3, the Act provides a specific definition for the term cannabis. Illinois law includes the following compounds and substances in the definition of cannabis:
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids; and
Other substances derived from the plant Cannabis Sativa.
There is an important exception. The term cannabis does not include industrial hemp or similar fibers. Those materials do not qualify as cannabis under the Act.
Possession of Cannabis
Under 720 ILCS 550/4, the Act makes it unlawful to knowingly possess cannabis in Illinois. For this offense to [...]