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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about cannabis in Chicago.

  • Beginning January 1, 2020, at licensed dispensaries.
  • Adults over 21, with a valid ID.
  • Consumption in public is illegal. This includes streets, parks, and areas adjacent to dispensaries. Consumption on private property is permitted, subject to the discretion of the property owner.  Cannabis may not be consumed in any vehicle, regardless of whether it is running. Employers may mandate drug-free workplaces. 
  • Type of Substance Illinois Residents Non-residents
    Cannabis 30 grams 15 grams
    Cannabis-infused Products (edibles, salves, etc.) 500 milligrams of THC 250 milligrams of THC
    Cannabis Concentrate (oils, creams, etc.) 5 grams 2.5 grams
    * An individual may possess up to the limitation for each category.
  • No. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and constitutes a DUI. Cannabis may not be consumed in any vehicle, regardless of whether it is running.
  • Cannabis can be transported in a vehicle but during transportation cannabis cannot be accessible by any occupant of the vehicle and must be in a child-resistant container.

    Cannabis cannot be transported to another state.
  • Dispensary locations must comply with zoning regulations, which include community input, to determine their location. The City of Chicago has created seven Cannabis Zoning Districts with a maximum limitation on how many dispensaries can be located in each district. This prevents oversaturation of the market in any given area of Chicago.
  • Cannabis dispensaries are prohibited in the following areas:
    1. Parts of the central business district;
    2. Within 500 feet of elementary and secondary schools; and
    3. Within 1,500 feet of another dispensary.
  • State law permits the operation of cannabis dispensaries between 6am and 10pm. 
  • The State of Illinois administers the licensure process for dispensaries and the City of Chicago regulates where the dispensaries are permitted to locate. The City does not determine which dispensary businesses are awarded licenses.
  • Yes, dispensary applicants are required to have a public meeting to explain propossed dispensary locations and solicit comments. Registered voters may also use an opt-out petition process, through the City Clerk, to prohibit dispensaries in their precinct. For more information on public input, please visit the public engagement section of this webpage
  • Medical cannabis patients may grow up to 5 cannabis plants for personal use. However, home grow is not allowed for non-patients.
  • For a non-emergency complaint, please dial 311 or visit the 311 website. In case of an emergency, please dial 911.