You stood in the dispensary line for more than two hours and now have your legally purchased cannabis.
But where can you legally smoke it?
The Illinois law addresses many places that are illegal to smoke but not many options for legal designated areas to smoke.
The law states that public consumption of marijuana and consumption in all vehicles are prohibited.
Marijuana consumption is permitted in private residences, away from persons less than twenty-one years of age.
Also written into the law are places a person is prohibited from possessing cannabis, including on a school bus, on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school unless approved as a medical cannabis patient, in a childcare or other similar social service care on the premises, and in any correctional facility.
A person also is prohibited from possessing cannabis in a vehicle not open to the public unless the cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.
In addition, smoking cannabis is prohibited in any area that currently does not allow smoking under the Smoke-Free Illinois Act. Apartment buildings and condominiums are legally entitled to forbid cannabis-use.
A couple weeks ago in her first news conference of 2020, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed the lack of designated places to consume recreational marijuana in Illinois.
Lightfoot wants the city to move forward with her plan to create licensed consumption sites for recreational marijuana.
“We have to give people a legitimate place where they can go and consume without worries about being evicted or something happening to them,” Lightfoot said.
The mayor said tobacco shops would be the first place to start.
Others have made the case that dispensaries should host on-site consumption, but approval for this is at the discretion of local cities and municipalities. Local jurisdictions will be able to decide for themselves if they allow dispensaries to let people smoke on-site.
The law also lists other activities that an individual may not perform while using cannabis, including operating, navigating or being in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while using or under the influence of cannabis.
Use of cannabis by a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, probation officer or firefighter while on duty is illegal, and a person who has a school bus driver’s permit or a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) while on duty cannot be under the influence of cannabis.
In addition, driving under the influence and reckless driving based on THC impairment will continue to be charges.