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Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Begin Opening for Business on Monday, November 9New

The sale of medical cannabis to qualifying patients and caregivers will begin on Monday, November 9, 2015 at eight dispensaries located throughout the state. A list of the dispensaries that will be able to begin selling product is available here.

Qualifying patients and caregivers may visit any registered dispensary in the State, but must designate a single dispensary with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in order to make a medical cannabis purchase. Patients can select a medical cannabis dispensary by completing and submitting a Medical Cannabis Dispensary Selection Form. A list of registered dispensaries is available through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s (IDFPR) website.

The Director of Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, Joseph Wright, anticipates 12 to 15 medical cannabis dispensaries will be registered by the end of the November, with approximately 20 to 25 dispensaries registered throughout the State by end of the year. According to estimates from IDPH, there are 3,300 qualifying patients in Illinois. Medical Cannabis Registry Identification Cards began mailing to registered qualifying patients and caregivers on October 30, 2015.

Applicants for Conditions Recently Recommended by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board - DO NOT SEND AN APPLICATION NOW

On October 7, the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board recommended 8 conditions and diseases should be added to the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. However, before patient registration applications can be accepted for any new conditions or diseases, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) must approve recommendations made by the Board, and IDPH must adopt administrative rules to add those conditions and diseases.

These conditions include: Chronic pain due to trauma, Chronic Pain Syndrome, Chronic Post-Operative Pain, Intractable Pain, Osteoarthritis, Autism, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)

Applications submitted before the 8 recommended conditions are added to the program will be rejected. Please note, application fees cannot be refunded.

Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Conditions - Update

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. announced that new medical conditions and diseases will not be added to the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act at this time. The pilot program will continue with the 39 conditions and diseases listed in the Act.

Illinois Treasurer Posts New Procurement Opportunity and Draft Addendum - 6/16/15

Notice: Interested Parties, please be advised that the Illinois Treasurer has posted a new Request for Information (“RFI”) Procurement Opportunity and Draft Addendum on the Illinois State Treasurer website. The RFI is regarding the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Request for Proposals (“RFP”) concerning Banking Services for Cash Processing to service the cash collection portion of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (410 ILCS 130). Banks or other interested or knowledgeable parties that submit responses shall submit their responses to the RFI by 2 p.m. on June 29, 2015. Persons with questions may contact the Illinois Treasurer’s Office.

Thank you for your interest.

Patients may now apply! Click here.

All patients and caregivers may now register with the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. For any questions regarding patient and caregiver registration, please refer to our FAQ’s DPH Frequently Asked Questions. You may also call or email the DPH Division of Medical Cannabis at 855-636-3688 or Patients may also print applications from and mail their applications to DPH at: Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Medical Cannabis, 535 West Jefferson Street, Springfield, Illinois 62761-0001.

For more information about dispensaries & cultivation center applications, please click here.

Medical Cannabis Advisory Board

The following have been appointed as members of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.

  • James R. Champion – Registered patient and Veteran
  • Paul Bachmann – Registered patient
  • Michael Fine – Registered patient
  • Marissa Arevalo – Parent of under age 18 registered patient
  • Jacqueline Leskovec, RN – Nurse
  • Theresa Miller, PhD – Nurse
  • Dr. Allison Weathers – Healthcare Practitioner, Neurology
  • Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple - Healthcare Practitioner, Family Medicine
  • Dr. Eric Christoff – Healthcare Practitioner, General Primary Care/Internal Medicine
  • Dr. John Knaus, Medical Oncologist
  • Dr. Nestor Ramirez, Pediatrics
  • Jyotin Parikh – Pharmacist
  • Rev. David McCurdy – Medical Ethicist

The Advisory Board will meet twice a year to address petitions requesting debilitating medical conditions be added to the list outlined in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Given the anticipated petition volume, the initial period for accepting petitions will take place for an extended period through February 27, 2015.

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