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Illinois Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin on Jan 1, 2020

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By Associated Press

(AP) — On January 1, 2020, Illinois will become the 11th state to allow marijuana’s use and sale to adults.

The new marijuana law will allow adults to have up to 30 grams (1.05 ounces) of cannabis flower and up to 5 grams (0.17 ounces) of cannabis concentrate.

Illinois marijuana companies said they have trained employees to remind non-residents that their products cannot legally be transported across state lines and can only be consumed in private residences or hotels that permit it. Cities can decide to allow marijuana consumption at tobacco shops or dispensaries, but none will have rules in place by January 2020, said Pamela Althoff, executive director of the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois.

“If you want to enter into Illinois and participate in consuming cannabis, you need to be responsible and you need to know the law,” Althoff said. “Just like alcohol, this should not be something you plan to consume and then get back in the car.”

State officials have estimated cannabis sales could generate $250 million for Illinois by 2022.

Michigan began legal sales of recreational marijuana in December after voters approved it in 2018. Officials there said sales totaled about $1.6 million in the inaugural week of business at the first retail shops in Michigan.

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