For decades, marijuana was illegal in Illinois. This is no longer true. Like roughly a dozen other states, it has been legalized for recreational use.
However, this doesn’t mean that anything goes. For instance, people are only allowed to buy from authorized dispensaries. If you buy it from someone who is not authorized or if you try to resell it to someone else, you are technically breaking the law and could face charges.
It’s easy to imagine how this could happen. Say you’re going camping with friends and you swing by a dispensary before you go. This is legal. If you then try to sell those same products to others on the camping trip, though, that’s still illegal drug dealing — just as it would have been before this change to the law.
The goal is regulation
The key to remember is that the states are only legalizing marijuana on the grounds that it can be controlled, regulated and — most important of all — taxed. There is a strict process in place. If you’re caught breaking those laws by doing more than just possessing marijuana for personal use, you could face serious charges. The fact that marijuana is now legal is not going to get you out of those charges.
What options do you have?
Of course, if you do get arrested for a mistake, you do not want it to ruin your future. You need to know about all of the legal options that you have and the steps you can take to protect that future. The law is more complicated now than in the past.