On Tuesday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill into law that legalized recreational marijuana throughout the state.
After sparking heated debate in the Illinois legislature, which led one representative to crack an egg in a pan to demonstrate the effects of drugs on a person's brain, the law will take effect on Jan. 1.
|Illinois state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, holds up an egg before cracking it into a pan to reference the "This is your brain on drugs," campaign during debate on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Illinois House chambers Friday, May 31, 2019. DeLuca voted against the bill that passed the House 66-47. (Photo: Ted Schurter/Associated Press)|
Wisconsin is now an island surrounded by legal weed; three out of four border states — Michigan, Minnesota and now Illinois — have legalized marijuana use and two of them allow residents to purchase and consume cannabis for any reason.
Here's what the new Illinois law means for Wisconsinites, according to the bill Pritzker signed:
Who can buy it?
While Wisconsinites may purchase weed in Illinois, they may not legally take it back home with them.
Marijuana possession for non-Illinois residents age 21 and older is limited to 15 grams of cannabis flower, 2.5 grams of cannabis concentrate or 250 milligrams of THC — the chemical in weed that gets users high — contained in a cannabis-infused product.
Legal possession limits are less strict for Illinois residents.
According to Sgt. Christopher Hannah, the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, which oversees a border area with Illinois, is aware of the legalization.
"The state laws have not changed and the department will continue to enforce those state laws," said Hannah.