ABOUT THE LAW
Medical Marijuana Program Overview
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was signed by Governor Quinn on August 1, 2013, and became effective on January 1, 2014.
The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation is charged with completing the review and selection of dispensing organization applicants, licensing and regulating dispensing organizations and their agents.
Information on the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (410 ILCS 130), including the full text can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website.
QUALIFYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Arnold-Chiari malformation
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Crohn’s disease
- CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
- Fibrous Dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial cystitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Residual limb pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
- Severe fibromyalgia
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
- Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Spinocerebellar ataxia
- Tarlov cysts
- Terminal Illness
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
1. Download to print the Patient application.
2. Read through the application and complete.
3. Have a physician complete and mail the Physician Certification Form provided : (MUST BE GIVEN TO PATIENT).
4. Follow the application submission process (noted in the application) and then await the results. Results (approval/denial) should occur within 90 days of IDPH receiving application.
5. Renew your card before it expires. A letter should be received from IDPH stating the renewal process. If you have not received a letter within 60 days of your current cards expiration date, please use the link below.
ACCESS & CAREGIVERS
Can I grow my own medical cannabis?
No. Qualifying registered patients and their designated caregivers cannot grow or cultivate medical cannabis. Medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products must be purchased through the medical cannabis dispensary designated by the registered qualifying patient.
How much medical cannabis may I possess as a registered qualifying patient?
Registered qualifying patients and designated caregivers may possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis in a 14-day period from the dispensary the qualifying patient identified on their application.
As a registered qualifying patient, is there a way to possess more than 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis in a 14-day period?
A registered qualifying patient may apply for a waiver to possess more than 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis in a 14-day period. The patient’s physician must complete the form included in the Physician Written Certification Form asserting that, based on the patient’s medical history, 2.5 ounces is an insufficient supply for a 14-day period. Page 12 State of Illinois Illinois Department of Public Health Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Designated Caregivers
What is a designated caregiver?
A designated caregiver is a person who is selected by a qualifying patient as the person authorized, on the qualifying patient’s behalf, to possess, obtain from a certified medical cannabis dispensary, dispense and assist in the administration of medical cannabis. Caregivers must enroll in the program. A designated caregiver is issued a medical cannabis registry identification card that allows him/her to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis on behalf of their patient. It is not legal for caregivers to consume, by any means, medical cannabis that has been dispensed on behalf of a registered qualifying patient.
How do I apply to be a designated caregiver?
Complete the designated caregiver section application.
What else do I need to submit with my Caregiver Application?
The application form lists the requirements. Read the application carefully. My designated caregiver is trying to charge me for a cost associated with obtaining or possessing medical cannabis on my behalf.
Do I need to pay them for their services?
A designated caregiver shall not receive payment or other compensation for services provided as a designated caregiver other than reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in the provision of services as a designated caregiver. In the case of an employee working for a hospice provider, nursing facility or medical facility, a visiting nurse, personal care attendant or home health aide serving as a designated caregiver, the individual shall not receive payment or compensation above or beyond his or her regular wages.
Can a caregiver have more than one patient?
No. A caregiver may only serve one patient.
Can a caregiver also be a registered qualifying patient?
No. A caregiver may not be a registered qualifying patient.