IDPH Approval – Updated on February 3, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has approved applications for approximately 4,400 qualifying patients (including 32 persons under 18 years of age), since it began accepting applications for the Medical Cannabis Registry Program on September 2, 2014. Approximately 5,700 individuals have submitted a complete application to IDPH.

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

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.

Medical Cannabis Pilot Program site released.

Official site released for MCPP. As far as I can tell nothing has changed in the legislation.

FAQ Page:

Physician information:

Agreculture information (growing, ect.):



The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Project Act was signed by Governor Quinn on August 1, 2013, but it does not go into effect until January 1, 2014. The Department of Agriculture is charged with registering and regulating the 22 cultivation centers allowed in the law. The Department has 120 days from the effective date (January 1) to write the rules and criteria that will apply to these facilities. The proposed rules will be filed with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for review and public comment. The JCAR review and approval process will then follow state law, including public comment, and typically will take 3 or 4 months. The Department will not accept applications for a cultivation center license until the rules are final, most likely during the fall of 2014. Further information on the Act (410 ILCS 130), including the full text can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website ( Also at this site is a link to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules which explains its role and procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the status of the legislation?
  1. HB 1 (Public Act 98-0122) passed both chambers on May 17, 2013.
  2. The Governor signed the legislation on August 1, 2013.
  3. The Act can be found in the Illinois Compiled Statutes at 410 ILCS 130.
    1. When can I apply for a cultivation center registration permit?
  1. The legislation has an effective date of January 1, 2014. The Department will be required to start adopting rules to implement the program.
  2. The Department shall within 120 days of the effective date develop rules and file them with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).
  3. Only after JCAR approves administrative rules will the application be made available. Please continue to monitor the Department’s website.
    1. Can you advise how the rule making process works?
  1. For information on how the rule making process works, please visit JCAR’s website:
  2. Once the rules are filed with JCAR and the first notice period begins, any comments on the rules must be made through the public comment process outlined in the notice. Ex parte communications with the Department will be reported to the Executive Ethics Commission.
    1. Does the department have sample application guidelines that I could look at?
  1. No. The Act contains guidance on what the Department should consider when developing the program and applications, but left a majority of the program to the discretion of the Department to develop through the rule making process.
  2. The Department is researching similar programs in other states and gathering information on how programs in those states are administered.
    1. Who will be administering the registration for the program?
  1. The Department of Agriculture will be awarding up to 22 permits to grow and cultivate.
  2. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will be issuing up to 60 permits to dispense.
  3. The Department of Public Health will be in charge of the patient registry.
    1. Can I put my name on a list of individuals interested in growing cannabis?
  1. The Department is NOT taking names at this time.
    1. Is it currently legal to grow medical cannabis?
  1. No, it is not legal at this time for anyone within the State of Illinois to be growing cannabis for any purpose.
    1. Will I be able to grow cannabis at home when the program is implemented?
  1. No, unlike some other states, the Act does not permit home-grow of cannabis. Only a registered cultivation center will be allowed to grow medical cannabis.
    1. When will I be able to apply for a permit?
  1. Please continue to monitor the Department’s website. Once the rules are adopted, more detailed information will be available.
    1. Where can I get a copy of the Act?
  1. You can print off a copy of the Act (410 ILCS 130) from the Illinois General Assembly’s website at:
  1. If you have any more questions, please send an email to

Fresh start, new beginnings

Well, here we are. On Thursday, August 1 (my birthday!) Gov. Pat Quinn signed “The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act”. Which is a huge win for patients and activists a like. This site will aid as a tool to help people understand the legislation that has passed and aid in directing people into the right direction to get the help they need. The new law will become effective on January 1st 2014,  the executive branch will have four months from that date to implement rules for the state program. Here is the link to the legislation page – Bill Status of HB0030