There is much confusion and debate arising from the legalization of medical cannabis. In Illinois, medicinal cannabis is legal to use for qualifying individuals, whom must register with the Illinois Department of Public Health to apply for a registry ID card. The Illinois Department of Public Health notify' s the Illinois Secretary of State's Office of the medicinal cannabis registry ID card and the Secretary of State then makes a notation on your driving record. 410 ILCS 130/60 (d).
Although it is legal to use medicinal cannabis in Illinois, it is risky to use it or possess it behind the wheel. Illinois law prohibits registered users from using medical cannabis while operating a vehicle or in the passenger area of a vehicle. In addition, medical cannabis cannot be carried in a vehicle by registered users unless it is in a sealed container. 625 ILCS 11-502.1. If you are caught using medicinal cannabis in the passenger area or an unsealed container of cannabis is found in your vehicle, you could face a Class A misdemeanor and your medicinal cannabis card could be revoked for up to two years.
Furthermore, possessing a registry ID card for medicinal cannabis is nota defense to a DUI charge. Driving after using cannabis alters your driving ability and is a risky decision. If you are suspected of driving under the influence of cannabis, you could be subject to blood tests and a field sobriety test. Driving under the influence of cannabis could result in the suspension of your driving privileges and revocation of your medicinal cannabis card.
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