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Quincy ordinances put in place ahead of adult-use cannabis law

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QUINCY (WGEM) — The City of Quincy will have new ordinances in place come January 1, 2020, when the state allows the legalization of adult-use cannabis.

At Mondays, city council meeting, aldermen agreed to put new fines in place, a new ordinance reflecting state law and an ordinance pertaining to cannabis possession and drug paraphernalia.

Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley says there are limits to how much marijuana an Illinois resident can buy at one time and limits to how much an out of state resident can buy.

If you live in Illinois and are 21 and older you can posses cannabis with a limit as follows:

-30 grams of cannabis flower

-no more than 500 milligrams of THC contained in cannabis-infused product

-5 grams of cannabis concentrate

If you are not a resident of Illinois and are 21 and older, the possession limit is:

-15 grams of cannabis flower

-2.5 grams of cannabis conentrate

-150 milligrams of THC contained in a cannabis-infused product

"We're not going to be sitting on the bridge saying no you can't take your dope to Missouri or Iowa, but unless you're in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana the fact is, you can't possess it in those states," Copley said.

City court will handle cases involving minors in possession of cannabis, sale to minors, use of cannabis in public and illegal transportation of cannabis in a vehicle.

Coley says the state's attorney's office and state court will handle possession over the allowed amount cases, illegal sales cases and cannabis DUI cases.

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Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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