Illinois has a medical marijuana program, but unfortunately it does not include growing marijuana. Therefore, medical and casual marijuana users that are interested in growing weed in Illinois must do so without getting caught. There is a penalty of up to a year in jail for growing as few as five plants, so being discrete is definitely worth the effort.
Illinois has a medical marijuana that includes more conditions than other states. These conditions include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Arnold Chiari malformation
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Crohn’s disease
- Hepatitis c
- Interstitial cystitis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscular dystrophy
- Myasthenia gravis
- Nail patella syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (rsd)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Spinal cord disease
- Spinal cord injury
- Spinocerebellar ataxia (sca)
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
Despite the long list of approved conditions, Illinois does not want its patients medicating on their own. Instead, the state will manage their marijuana through state-licensed dispensaries. In other words, Illinois will decide who can grow it, and will also take its portion of the sales. Medical marijuana was approved in 2013, but as of the beginning of 2015 it is not yet operational.
Growing in Illinois
Growing marijuana in Illinois should be a combination of staying small and staying discrete. First of all, do not attempt to grow more than five plants at one time. First of all, you don’t need to. Secondly, growing more than five plants is guaranteed prison time if caught. Stay small, and if caught, you qualify for probation if it is the first time.
Staying small keeps you out of trouble if caught, but not getting caught is the best way to grow. I have put together some of the best tips for not getting caught in my free ebook, The Marijuana Grow Bible. I cover various methods for safely growing weed in Illinois, as well as tips on getting the best yield from your plants. The grow bible should be your first step to growing weed.
Although Illinois is planning to have a medical marijuana program, it has not decriminalized possession or has any current plans to. If you are arrested with 2.5 grams or less, it is considered a misdemeanor and you could face up to 30 days in jail. This is most likely to happen if it is not your first offense, because Illinois does have a conditional release program which may approve probation rather than jail time.
While there is still marijuana prohibition, growing weed in Illinois does not have to be impossible. With the right kind of seeds and knowledge, anyone can discretely grow their own marijuana at home, in their backyard or guerilla.
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