Safely and Legally Storing Medical Cannabis

Patients are responsible for keeping their medical cannabis fully safe and secure. Medical cannabis can be an attractant to the curious and inquisitive, including children and young adults. Each patient is responsible for making sure that no one else has access to or uses his or her prescribed medical cannabis.

In the event you suspect or learn that your medical cannabis has been stolen or misappropriated or is the subject of any illicit activity, contact your local law enforcement immediately.

To keep your medical cannabis secure

  • Store cannabis in its original tamper-evident container.
  • Do not remove the label from the container.
  • Keep it in a secure area, away from children.
  • Consider using a third-party medicinal cannabis medicine storage product.

Safely and Legally Possessing Medical Cannabis in Illinois

It is illegal to possess or use cannabis if you do not have a debilitating medical condition and are not a registered qualifying patient or caregiver.

It is ILLEGAL to possess cannabis for any reason in any of the following places:

  • In a school bus
  • On the grounds of any preschool, primary or secondary school
  • In any correctional facility
  • In a vehicle
  • In a vehicle not open to the public unless the medical cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving
  • In a private residence that is used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises

Safely and Legally Administering Medical Cannabis in a Permitted Place

The law prohibits smoking medical cannabis in any public place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others, in a health care facility, or any other place where smoking is prohibited under the Smoke Free Illinois Act.

Public places do not include private residences, unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care, or other similar social service care on the premises. A public place does not include a health care facility. A health care facility includes, but is not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care centers, and long-term care facilities.