A new year brings new Illinois laws - with more than 250 laws going into effect on Jan. 1.
Pignatelli & Associates helps you sift through the new legislature with 3 new laws that Illinois residents need to know.
1. POSSESSION AND USE OF MARIJUANA LAW, CANNABIS LAW
Illinois criminal defense lawyers have been talking about changes for marijuana lawyers or cannabis lawyers including Illinois legalization of recreational cannabis. Pignatelli & Associates attorney Kimberley Mewhirter mentions her clients frequently ask her “How much weed can I buy?” or “What about edibles?”
Illinois residents can possess up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, five grams of cannabis concentrate and 500 milligrams of THC-infused products, known as edibles. You can only buy marijuana at state-licensed dispensaries, and only partake in the privacy of your own home – otherwise you can be ticketed for public consumption.
Landlords can prohibit cannabis use in their properties, and employers can still prohibit its use and drug test employees. Growing marijuana plants is only allowed for medical patients and even then, they can only have five plants.
Experienced family lawyer Beth Adams explains a detail of cannabis possession or marijuana use that is important in family law, child custody, adoption or divorce situations. It remains illegal in Illinois to possess or use cannabis “knowingly in close physical proximity to anyone under 21 years of age.
2. LABOR LAW AND WORKERS’ RIGHTS LAW
Attorney Louis Pignatelli has defended workers’ rights and obtained full and fair compensation for working people in workers’ compensation – or ‘work comp’ cases for over 30 years.
For the first time since 2010, Illinois’ minimum wage for Illinois workers’ compensation has increased: from $8.25 to $9.25 statewide. In July workers’ compensation will increase again to $10, then $11 beginning on Jan. 1, 2021. Illinois workers compensation will keep climbing until it reaches $15 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2025.
3. EDUCATION LAW
The legal team at Pignatelli & Associates value hard work and education. Illinois lawmakers seem to share these values: to get Illinois' top-performing students to stay in Illinois for college. The top 10 percent of graduating high school seniors are automatically admitted to each of the directional state universities (ie, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Illinois Universities).
The law excludes the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Chicago State University.
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