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No New Conditions Added To Medical Cannabis Pilot Program – January 29, 2016New

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., today announced that no new debilitating medical conditions will 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.

Calls about debilitating conditions can be directed to IDPH Medical Cannabis 217-782-1230

Qualifying Patients or Consumers may also send questions via email at

IDPH to Accept Petitions to Add a Debilitating Medical Condition to the
Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Beginning January 1, 2016

Beginning January 1 through January 31, Illinois residents may petition the Illinois Department of Public Health to add debilitating medical conditions or diseases to the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program. Petitions postmarked January 1 through January 31 will be accepted for consideration. Petitions must be mailed with all required documents to the following address (petitions may not be submitted via e-mail):

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761-0001

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

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.

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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