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

On May 4, the Board recommended 11 conditions and diseases 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 draft rules to add those conditions and diseases. Applications submitted prior to the 11 recommended conditions being added to the program will be rejected and the application fee refunded. The Department strongly encourages patients to wait before sending applications associated with the 11 recommended conditions and diseases. Please monitor this webpage as to when applications will be accepted.

Program Update – 5/6/15

SPRINGFIELD – Approximately 20,800 citizens have logged onto the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program patient registry application website since the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting applications on September 2, 2014. Of those, approximately 3,000 have submitted an application. IDPH has issued approximately 2,300 approval letters to register qualifying patients.

Public Hearing to Review Petitions Requesting Addition of Debilitating Conditions to the Medical Cannabis Registry Program – 5/4/15

 Hearing Agenda

9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

James R. Thompson Center
Concourse Level, Assembly Hall Auditorium
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago

Persons wishing to present technical evidence about a petition being reviewed are required to file a statement of intent in writing no later than 15 days prior to the date of the hearing, or by April 18, 2015, with the Division of Medical Cannabis. Persons who have not filed a statement of intent will not be able to present at the hearing.

Program Update – 4/1/15

SPRINGFIELD – Approximately 19,500 citizens have logged onto the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program patient registry application website since the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting applications on September 2, 2014. Of those, approximately 2,700 have submitted an application. IDPH has issued approximately 2,000 approval letters.

Program Update – 3/4/15

SPRINGFIELD – Approximately 18,400 citizens have started the patient registration process for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program since the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting applications on September 2, 2014. Of those, approximately 2,500 have submitted one, two or all three parts of the application. IDPH has issued approximately 1,600 approval letters.

Program Update - 3/2/15

SPRINGFIELD – The highest scoring cultivation center applicant in District 1, Green Thumb Industries, LLC (GTI), notified the Illinois Department of Agriculture that it will not move forward with the permit.

The Department has informed the next highest scoring qualified applicant, PharmaCann, LLC, of its award in District 1. The applicant notified the Department that it intends to accept the permit and will have 15 business days to provide the required license fee of $200,000 and escrow/bond of $2 million.

The Department of Agriculture received the required fees and escrow/bond documents by the deadline from the successful applicants in all other districts where a permit was awarded. Any future cultivation center district that becomes vacant, as well as the remaining districts, will be filled pursuant to the administrative rules for the Pilot Program.

Program Update - 2/4/15

SPRINGFIELD – Approximately 14,000 citizens have started the patient registration process for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program since the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began accepting applications on September 2, 2014. Of those, approximately 2,100 have submitted one, two or all three parts of the application. IDPH has issued approximately 1,000 approval letters.

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 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.

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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