Adult Use Cannabis


The following deadlines/announcements previously set for July 1 have been suspended by Executive Order 2020-45:

  • The Department of Agriculture will NOT be announcing the award of licenses for craft growers, infusers, or transporters.
  • The deadline for Community College Vocational Cannabis Pilot Program Applications has been suspended.
  • The requirement for currently licensed cultivation centers to have obtained a transporter license has been suspended.

The Department of Agriculture will update this webpage when there are new dates to announce for each of the above. Please review the Executive Order or the Department's Press Release for further details. 


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.



If you submitted an application for a craft grower, infuser, or transporter, and you receive an email notifying you of a deficiency in your application, please follow the instructions in that email. Deficiency notices will come from the Department of Agriculture, via email, and will identify the missing information and the proper method of submission. The Department is not able to answer any questions or provide any additional information related to a deficiency notice.



The Act also gave the Department the authority to adopt administrative rules through the use of emergency rulemaking.  The emergency rules 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 remained in effect for 180 days. ​The final rules became effective upon filing on June 3, 2020, and can be found here.


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 - these applications must be submitted per the instructions on the Application, however, the deadline of July 1, 2020 has been suspended.

Community College Cannabis Vocation Pilot Program Applications - Questions & Answers