Adult Use Cannabis

Adult Use Cannabis

The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (410 ILCS 705) legalized the use of marijuana in Illinois for non-medicinal purposes, effective January 1, 2020. This is commonly called "adult use" cannabis, distinguishing it from medicinal marijuana or cannabis, which has been legal in Illinois since 2014. The Department of Agriculture continues to be the regulatory entity for medicinal cannabis cultivation centers, and was given similar authority for regulating certain adult use cannabis business establishments by the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. The Department is tasked with licensing and regulating adult use cultivation centers, cannabis craft growers, cannabis infusers, cannabis transporters, and Community College Vocational Cannabis Pilot Programs.



At this time, there are 21 licensed early approval adult use cultivation centers.pdf. The Department is authorized under the Act to license up to 40 cannabis craft growers, 40 cannabis infusers, unlimited transporters, and 8 community college programs in 2020.

The Department is not authorized to license any additional adult use cultivation centers until July 1, 2021. By December 21, 2021, the Department will issue up to 60 additional cannabis craft grower licenses and 60 additional cannabis infuser licenses.



The Act also gave the Department the authority to adopt administrative rules through the use of emergency rulemaking.  The Department's notice of emergency rules can be found here. The emergency rules can be cited as 8 IAC 1300, or Title 8, Illinois Administrative Code, Part 1300, and can be found in the Illinois Register here (the rules start on page number 1466/page 779 of the pdf). Those rules took effect on January 1, 2020 and will remain in effect for 180 days. ​

The Department will also file proposed rules that must undergo notice periods and public comment prior to adoption. After the proposed rules are adopted, they will cover future application periods and the regulation of licensees.  For more information on the rulemaking process, please visit the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules website.     

Applications and FAQs

The application period for 2020 licenses for Craft Growers, Infusers, and Transporters, has closed.  Community College Vocational Program Applications are still being accepted.  All applications will be accepted and scored under the Department's emergency rules.

Community College Cannabis Vocational Pilot Program Application and Exhibits Form