Illinois Medical Marijuana Overview
The Illinois marijuana law, signed by Governor JB Pritzker on June 25, 2019, makes Illinois the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Not only will recreational marijuana be legal for all adults in Illinois starting January 1, 2020 but also Illinois residents with a medical marijuana card will be allowed to grow 5 cannabis plants.
Cannabis seeds bought through reputable seed companies with strong genetics will grow between 2 and 5 ounces of bud per plant. Each cannabis plant will require roughly 1.5 sq ft of room and will grow between 2 and 3 feet tall. Aiming for 30 watts per square foot is the efficient for high performance LED grow lights so aiming for a 4×4 sq ft grow tent with roughly 260 watts of LED grow light would set up a medical marijuana grower for great success. LED grow lights produce the least amount of heat compared to all other high performance grow lights while also delivering a higher quality light spectrum and light intensity (PAR).
How many plants can you grow with a medical marijuana card in Illinois?
Illinois residents with a medical marijuana card are allowed to grow up to five plants at a time.
- No size limitations on 5 plants
- No limit on amount of bud produced
- Indoor or outdoor allowed
Many first time cannabis growers average 2-3 ounces per plant
Most marijuana strains will average between 2 and 5 ounces per plant as the genetics of seeds sourced through reliable seed companies have been bred for optimal bud production. Many first time growers can expected 2-3oz per plant while seasoned gardeners can achieve upwards of 5 ounces per plant.
“1 gram per watt” is a common phrase used to calculate the maximum potential of your grow room. A 260 watt high performance LED grow light should expected to produce roughly 260g (almost 10 ounces) of bud per grow. Experienced growers can easily achieve higher then 1 gram / watt with the right genetics, nutrients and grow setup.
To sign up for a medical cannabis card, go to the Illinois Department Of Publich Health’s medical cannabis patient application page: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/medical-cannabis-registry-application
The benefits of growing medical marijuana instead of paying for it
The costs to purchase medical marijauana from a dispencery in Illinois is roughly $16/gram, a half ounce of high grade medical marijuana will typically run around $200 dollars.
- Small quantity, high prices
- “Popcorn” buds
- Limited supply of strains
The average cost to start growing 5 marijuana plants
To setup a quality grow operation you will need a grow light, a grow tent, pots, dirt, nutrients and last but not least – cannabis seeds. Setting up a quality grow operation won’t cost you thousands of dollars, to adequately grow 5 marijuana plants you will want to look at either 3×3 or 4×4 grow tents. Each plant takes up about 2 sq ft of room but can be trained to be smaller or larger depending on your requirements.
The two most important parts of setting up your grow tent is your grow light. A high performance LED grow light will produce quality bud while being energy and heat efficient, a great grow light for home grow setups.
Can someone with a medical caregivers card grow 5 plants for their patient ?
It is not yet clear whether medical caregivers will be allowed to grow medical cannabis for their patient. However, a patient’s caregiver may purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensaries during any two week period of time.
Growing with the high performance LED grow lights
Niemi LED High Performance LED grow lights are built using full spectrum Samsung LEDs.
- Great for beginners with expert results
- Lowest heat compared to HPS or MH lighting
- The best LED cannabis grow lights