How To Find a Dispensary in Illinois? Recreational vs Medical

Is marijuana legal in Illinois?

Illinois decriminalized marijuana and made it recreationally legal to anyone over 21 years old after January 1st, 2020. Signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Aug. 1, 2013 Effective: Jan. 1, 2014 until July 1, 2020. Anyone with an ID can head into a recreational dispensary in Illinois and buy marijuanas. Scroll below to find out more about how to find a dispensary in Illinois.

Marijuana possession in Illinois:

Starting January 1, 2020, Illinois residents 21 of age and older can carry up to 30 grams of weed flower, 500 mg of infused products like edibles or 5 grams of concentrate. Those that don't live in Illinois can buy up to15 grams of marijuana, 250 mg of THC infused edible products, or 2.5 grams of concentrated marijuana.

What is a dispensary?

A dispensary is a location (whether business or non-profit) where medical marijuana patients or consumers can access cannabis in a legal and safe manner. Users get assistance from experts (bud tenders) who find an optimal dosage and recommend the delivery method to achieve optimal results when using medical cannabis.

What is marijuana?

Marijuana—to many known as weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, and a huge number of other slang terms used in different countries around the world. Its an olive green mixture of the dried leafs of Cannabis sativa. The main psychoactive (ingredient that gets you high) is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The chemical is found in resin produced by the leafs and nugs mostly of the female  marijuanas plant. The plant also consists of more than 500 other chemicals, including more than 100 compounds that are chemically correlated to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, called cannabinoids.

What to expect from a medical marijuanas dispensary?

After you get your doctors referral, you’ll then want to visit the medical  marijuanas dispensary. If you’re reading this for information then you probably feel a bit uncomfortable entering this kind of an establishment. Here are some things that you can expect.

These include:

  • Entrance: There is usually a security guard at the entrance of a regulated and licensed medical dispensary. Don’t be scared if you need to go through heavy, locked bar doors. Licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Illinois are targets for thieves because they tend to handle vast amounts of cash, so security is at most importance.
  • Referral: On your first visit, you’ll need to have your hand signed referral, a copy of which is made and entered into the system.
  • Signing in: You’ll be required to sign in and wait in the waiting room until your number is called. This is where you can see the menu of products offered at the dispensary.
  • Purchase: Simply choose the marijuanas strain you want and how much you want to purchase. Dispensary bud tenders will help you complete your transaction.
  • Points: Earn points on all your purchases and receive discount on future medical cannabis.

How to get medical marijuanas in Illinois?

To obtain medical marijuanas in Illinois you will need a referral from an approved physician. You also have to be suffering from ailment or illness that qualifies you to use the drug under Illinois medical marijuanas regulations. You may also need to get a medical marijuanas card or be added to a medical cannabis database so you can buy the drug at any dispensary in Illinois.

Examples of qualifying conditions for medical marijuanas in Illinois:

  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • CIDP
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • CRPS

What to expect from a recreational marijuana dispensary?

When you’re visiting a recreational marijuana dispensary, it’s not very different from going to a medical one.

These include:

  • Over 21:To verify you’re over 21 years of age or older, you need to show a government-issued ID.
  • Purchase: Make sure to consult with the budtender to make sure that THC-infused products such as edibles and concentrates are of correct strength and proper effects.   

How many licensed marijuana dispensaries in Illinois? 

As of Mar. 1, 2019, there are 55 licensed medical marijuanas dispensaries in the state of Illinois. The first licensed medical cannabis dispensaries opened to the public in Nov. 2015.

What can i buy in a dispensary? 

Also known as gel caps. Pills contain oil and are orally ingested.
Concentrated forms of cannabis that are smoked or vaped. Shatter, wax, oil, budder, and resin are frequent form of extracts. Available in a cartridge or natural form.

  • Shatter: Smooth, solid, and transparent extracts that are usually have higher levels of THC.
  • Wax: Soft extracts that usually has a  low THC content.
  • Oil: Liquid extracts that offer low and high THC content.
  • Budder: Butter-like extracts that mostly average a higher THC content.
  • Resin: Gooey extracts that usually average a high level of THC.

Typically ingested by placing a syringe under the tongue or mixing with drinks. Tinctures are also available in spray form.
Used to manage localized pain. Topicals are not psychoactive and come in forms that are applied to and absorbed by skin.
Applied to a different areas of the body allowing cannabinoids to absorbed into the bloodstream.
Otherwise known as grass. Consumed with bowls and joints.

How much does marijuana cost at Illinois dispensaries? 

Marijuanas in dispensaries in Illinois ranges in price depending on strain, strength and other factors decided by the dispensary. Most of the products sold range in price starting from around 10 dollars and toping of at a price of an ounce.

Illinois dispensary purchasing limit:

Medical marijuanas purchasing limit is up to  2.5 ounces (about 70 grams) in a two-week period. Out of state visitors will need a valid medical marijuanas card from an approved reciprocity state listed in our FAQ when visiting any marijuana dispensary in Illinois.

Recreational cannabis purchasing limit allows consumers to purchase one ounce (28 grams) of cannabis leaf or up to 1/8 of an ounce (3.5 grams) of cannabis concentrates — like wax, shatter and carbon dioxide oil — per visit at Illinois dispensaries.

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