Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program
On August 12, 2019, changes to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program became effective.
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act is a permanent program and the “pilot” designation has been removed. While some provisions will become effective immediately, there is significant work the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) must complete before all the changes can be implemented. Some of the requirements affect other state programs, databases and IT systems and these changes will require additional time to ensure they are completed correctly.
The information below explains the changes to the Medical Cannabis Patient Program (MCPP) and the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) and the proposed start dates.
Please watch this webpage or check the Illinois Department of Public Health website
www.dph.illinois.gov regularly for updates.
Applying for the Medical Cannabis Registry Program? Click
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
DPH.MedicalCannabis@illinois.gov. Patients may also print
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.
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The Illinois Department of Public Health is partnering with certified local health departments (LHD) to provide assistance to qualifying patients with completing their applications for the Medical Cannabis Registry Program. There is no charge for this assistance, however, costs associated with registration fees and other requirements (i.e., passport photo, certification of debilitating condition, copies of required documents, etc.) are the responsibility of the applicant.