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The cannabis industry has exploded in Illinois with regulated sales statewide in 2020 said to be over a billion dollars. With growers and dispensaries scrambling to meet demand, this new Matterson facility holds the promise of economic development.

MATTESON, Ill. — A large scale cannabis operation is coming to the south suburbs, and supporters say it’ll give the area a much needed economic boost.

Local elected officials and business leaders celebrated Tuesday what will eventually be close to 500 good-paying jobs with the construction of a new 558,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation production facility on the 2100 block of Central Avenue.

One of the largest cannabis operators in the country, 4Front Ventures, will be opening one of the largest indoor cultivation facility of its kind in Matteson. It’s expected to open in 2023.

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Illinois cannabis growing

You can only grow cannabis if you have a Medical Cannabis Card. You must be 21 years or older. You can grow up to 5 cannabis plants in your home. They must be in a locked room, with no access to anyone under 21. It must be outside of public view and with permission from the owner.

Cannabis is still illegal under federal law. So you cannot use or possess cannabis at your home if you live in federally-subsidized public housing. You could be evicted or denied housing. This includes past cannabis use or criminal charges. This also includes guests. There is also a ban on all smoking in federally-subsidized public housing.

Even though cannabis is legal, landlords can ban smoking it in their units. This includes medical cannabis. However, a landlord cannot stop a tenant from using medical cannabis in other ways. If your lease prohibits smoking or other use of cannabis, breaking that rule could lead to an eviction .

You cannot possess or use cannabis in your residence if you are running licensed childcare, foster care, or similar social services there. Condominium association rules can limit smoking cannabis, but not using cannabis in other ways. Rules can prohibit any use of cannabis in public areas. Landlords can always have rules in their lease that are stricter than the association rules.

Private rental housing

Cannabis is legal in Illinois. But there are limits on who can buy it and where you can use it.

A landlord can ban renters from growing cannabis on the property if the ban is in the lease.

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Illinois cannabis growing

If you have the time and space for growing medical cannabis—and an Illinois medical card, of course—at-home cultivation may be the perfect choice for you.

Interested in Cultivating Cannabis at Home?

Find out how to save on cannabis by getting your Illinois medical marijuana card. It’s just 4 easy steps!

What Does Cannabis Cultivation Require?

Along with all of the critical legal aspects, it’s important to understand that cannabis cultivation requires a lot of effort. Growing marijuana isn’t like growing basil in your windowsill— though we certainly wish it was that easy. You must keep in mind that cannabis requires particular growing conditions and a lot of cultivation knowledge to get right.