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Illinois has a medical marijuana program that now includes growing marijuana. If you are interested in legally growing marijuana in Illinois, it is best to register first as a patient. How many weed plants can you grow in Illinois – you might ask? Well, if you are not a registered patient, there is a fine for growing up to 5 plants.
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
- Complex regional pain syndrome type 2
- Crohn’s disease
- Fibrous dysplasia
- 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
- Spinocerebellar ataxia (sca)
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
They even let patients substitute marijuana for opioids if they have been prescribed opioids or could have been prescribed them.
The medical marijuana law in Illinois
Despite the ability of patients to grow, Illinois does not want everyone growing marijuana. If you grow up to five plants without a registered medical need, you could face a $200 fine.
Growing in Illinois
Growing marijuana in Illinois, if you aren’t a patient, could get you in trouble. 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. However, growing fewer than five plants is a civil violation. If you plan to grow in this state, stay small.
Growing a single plant is the best way to get started. You can read some tips on growing in the free ebook, The Marijuana Grow Bible. It covers various methods for safely growing weed in Illinois, as well as tips on getting the best yield from your plants.
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Possessing Cannabis in Illinois
Illinois legalized small amounts of marijuana for use by adults (both residents and visitors) in 2019. As long as you have less than 30 grams in your possession (15 grams if you are not a resident) you will not get in trouble. If you have more than 30 grams, however, you could face jail time.
Illinois has finally updated its laws to something more reasonable, and many people are now able to legally grow. Plus, those who aren’t patients, but are only interested in growing a few plants for personal use face minimal charges.
It’s not 100% legalization, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Now with the right kind of seeds and knowledge, nearly any Illinois adult can discreetly grow their own marijuana.
FAQs About Growing Weed in Illinois
Yes, it is now legal to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for personal use.
As long as you possess less than 30 grams (15 grams for non-residents) you will not get in trouble.
People with medical need can legally grow marijuana in Illinois, but they should register first as a patient. Otherwise, there is a fine for growing up to 5 plants.
What’s your experience with marijuana where you live? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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