Evanstonians 21 and older will be able to legally buy cannabis here and throughout Illinois starting Jan. 1. Here’s a guide to the new law.

As the chart above, provided by the Cannabis Businss Association of Illinois, indicates, there are significant limits on how much cannabis you can possess — with Illinois residents allowed to have twice as much as people from out of state.

A list of licensed adult-use dispensaries includes one in Evanston, at 1804 Maple Ave.

The new law prohibits possession of cannabis:

  • On a school bus and in any preschool or primary or secondary school, except by qualified medical cannabis users and their caregivers.
  • On in any correctional facility.
  • In a vehicle not open to the public unless the cannabis is in a “reasonably secured, sealed container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.
  • In a private residence used to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care.

The law only permits qualified medical cannabis users to grow their own cannabis and only for personal use.

It provides criminal penalties for a parent or guardian who knowingly permits their children or the children’s guests to use cannabis. It also sets penalties for youths who try to purchase cannabis similar to those for underage drinking.

The law also prohibits the use of cannabis in a public place and in any place where smoking is prohibited by law.

It also prohibits operating a vehicle while under the influence of cannabis.

And it does not require landlords or private businesses to let tenants, employees or visitors use cannabis on their property.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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