Implementation of P.A. 99-0519
On August 1, 2013, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act ("Act"), Public Act 98-0122, became effective. An individual diagnosed with one or more debilitating conditions is eligible to apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card. The qualifying patient must obtain a written certification from a physician specifying their debilitating condition, unless they are a veteran receiving health services at a VA facility. Veterans must submit one year of medical records from the VA facility where they receive services.
Effective January 1, 2015, the Act was amended to include eligibility for children under age 18 and to add seizure disorders to the list of debilitating conditions. On June 30, 2016, the Act was amended (Public Act 099-0519) to add Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a debilitating condition and to allow persons diagnosed with a terminal illness to apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card. The Act is effective until July 1, 2020. Applications can be printed at http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis.
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Patients and caregivers may register with the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. For any questions regarding patient and caregiver registration, call or email the DPH Division of Medical Cannabis at 855-636-3688 or DPH.MedicalCannabis@illinois.gov. Patients may also print applications from mcpp.illinois.gov and mail their applications to DPH at: Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Medical Cannabis, 535 West Jefferson Street, Springfield, Illinois 62761-0001.