Cannabis Rules & Regulations: Illinois

Cannabis Rules & Regulations: Illinois

Illinois Cannabis History

On January 1, 2020, Illinois became the 11th US state to legalize recreational marijuanaand the first in the country to adopt a regulatory system for cannabis cultivation, testing, and sales through a state legislature.  Cannabis is now legal for both medical and recreational use in the state.

Illinois Child-Resistant Packaging Rules

Illinois’ cannabis labeling and packaging guidelines include the following:

  • Each cannabis product produced for sale shall be registered with the Department on forms provided by the Department.
  • a) Each product registration shall include a label and the required registration fee. The registration fee is for the name of the product offered for sale, and one fee shall be sufficient for all package sizes.
  • b) All harvested cannabis intended for distribution to a dispensing organization must be packaged in a sealed and labeled medical cannabis container.
  • c) Packaging of any product containing cannabis shall be child-resistant and light-resistant consistent with current standards, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards referenced by the Poison Prevention Act.
  • d) Each cannabis product shall be labeled by the cultivation center prior to sale to a dispensary, and each label shall be securely affixed to the package and shall state in legible English:
    • 1) The name and P.O. Box of the registered cultivation center where the item was manufactured;
    • 2) The common or usual name of the item and the registered name of the cannabis product that was registered with the Department pursuant to subsection (a);
    • 3) A unique serial number that will match the product with a producer batch and lot number to facilitate any warnings or recalls the Department or producer deems appropriate;
    • 4) The date of final testing and packaging, if sampled, and the identification of the independent testing laboratory;
    • 5) The date of manufacture and “use by” date;
    • 6) The quantity (in ounces or grams) of cannabis contained in the product;
    • 7) A pass/fail rating based on the laboratory’s microbiological, mycotoxins, and pesticide and solvent residue analyses, if sampled;
    • 8) Content List
      • A) A list of the following, including the minimum and maximum percentage content by weight for subsections (d)(8)(A)(i) through (iv):
        • i) delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC);
        • ii) tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA);
        • iii) cannabidiol (CBD);
        • iv) cannabidiolic acid (CBDA); and
        • v) any other ingredients besides cannabis.
    • B) The acceptable tolerances for the minimum percentage printed on the label for any of subsections (d)(8)(A)(i) through (iv) shall not be below 85% or above 115% of the labeled amount;
  • 9) A statement that the product is for medical use and not for resale or transfer to another person.

Useful Links for Illinois Cannabis Regulations

(410 ILCS 705/) Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act

(410 ILCS 130/) Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act


Illinois Cannabis Growers Application

Editor's Note: Status as of 4/1/2021

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