Illinois Medical Cannabis Program
In August 2013, Illinois Governor, Pat Quinn, signed into law the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (the “Act”). The Act made it legal for qualifying patients to consume medical cannabis that is grown and distributed through state-licensed facilities.
The Act limits access to patients that suffer from a specific list of medical conditions. Currently, the program specifies approximately 40 qualifying medical conditions, including conditions like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, seizures and HIV/AIDS.
There are currently 11 additional conditions that have been preliminarily approved but still require final approval from the Department of Health – these additional conditions include migraines, PTSD, IBS and osteoarthritis.
In order for a resident of Illinois to participate in this program as a qualified patient, the resident must go through a certification process.
Please go here for a step-by-step guide that will show you exactly what you’ll need to do to become a registered medical cannabis patient in the state of Illinois.