Illinois medicinal vs. recreational soft drug laws

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2021 | Firm News |

If you are an Illinois resident who suffers from a personal injury and has considered consuming soft drugs like cannabis for treatment, you are not alone. An increasing number of individuals across the United States are turning to alternative solutions like this for alleviating chronic pain, nausea and other debilitating symptoms of health conditions that result from common personal injuries.

As they do, laws around the country continue to change. Meanwhile, Illinois has been right in the middle. With both a medicinal program as well as legalized recreational use of cannabis, Illinois now offers several previously banned soft drug options to injured patients. With that said, some patients are unsure which law permits them to do what, and whether or not they need a registration card.

Legal limits between markets differ

Although you may purchase, possess and consume up to a permitted amount of cannabis under both the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program and the 2019 Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, each route has different limits. Under the medicinal rules, patients may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis within a two-week period. In contrast, the recreational purchase limit is 1.05 ounces.

There are also price differences

Another major difference between the Illinois medicinal and recreational soft drug markets and the accompanying laws involves pricing. With recreational cannabis purchases, for example, consumers can expect up to a 25% tax rate at some dispensaries, with an additional 6.5% state sales tax on top of that. No card other than ID is necessary. Conversely, registered medicinal cardholders are exempt except for a 1% retailer tax.

If you are one of the many personal injury patients who want to know more about what the state permits when it comes to medicinal treatment options, the Illinois Attorney General can also provide assistance.