Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program to Begin Accepting Applications for Patients and Businesses in September

On September 2nd, the State of Illinois will begin accepting applications from residents who would like to become registered medical cannabis patients or caregivers in the state’s newly-launched Medical Cannabis Pilot Prillinoismedicalogram.

Applicants with last names that begin with letters A through L will have until the end of October to submit an application; patients who are approved will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces in a 14 day period.

The application period for cultivation centers and dispensaries will begin on September 8th, and extend through September 22nd. Dispensaries will be required to prove they have at least $400,000 in liquid assets, and will have to pay a $5,000 non-refundable application fee. Cultivation centers will be required to have at least $500,000 in liquid assets, and pay an application fee of $25,000. A total of 60 dispensaries and 22 cultivation centers will be licensed throughout the state.

All applicants, including patients, will be required to submit their fingerprints, and undergo a background check.

The state is also accepting applications for members of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, which will be responsible for considering the addition of new qualifying medical conditions under the pilot program. Board members will be selected by the governor, and must include one medical cannabis patient advocate or designated caregiver, two nurses or nurse practitioners who work with medical cannabis patients, three registered qualifying patients (including one veteran) and nine healthcare practitioners with current professional licenses in the fields of neurology, pain management; medical oncology, psychiatry or mental health, infectious disease, family medicine, general primary care, medical ethics and pharmacy. Board members will begin reviewing new qualifying conditions to add to the pilot program in January.

As the state continues to implement the new medical program, it will continue to accept comments and suggestions from the public on ways to improve the program (the official form to submit feedback can be found here).

The application for patients, caregivers and businesses can be found here. Patients can submit a paper application or apply online; businesses are restricted to paper applications only. Those interested in becoming a member of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board can find more information here.

– TheJointBlog

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    • citizens on January 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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    Don’t hide the truth about Illinois law marker tell the truth and our concerns

    This letter is to all law makers in state of Illinois. We the people have the right to medical treatment and can not be discriminated against criminal background, race ,religion, gender, and etc. You do not have the right to deny us medical we the people have rights to receive medical treatment. I say everyone has the right to medical treatment nobody has the right to deny anybody even if you have a record I say we the people of state of Illinois  that we all need to stand together and sue and make class action suit against idph and state of Illinois and ask for the law makers to resign they do not care about the people and have no business making laws its our right as humans to receive medical treatment I ask the President of the united states what is he going to do about this and I can answer that ? Nothing whoever made these laws should resign. If your lawmaker against the care of medical treatment and designing laws that stop people from getting that treatment please resign effective asap.  Let people who care about us in and make laws that help the people. So to the people of Illinois contact your TV station and radio station and let your voice be heard. for example if you have cancer and have a felony you will get denied or any other deliberating condition you will be denied the law maker don’t speak for us let’s stand together. Oh don’t contact ACLU they don’t do anything to help but they help the law makers not the people.

    This program have been approved by a legislative committee, bringing legal marijuana one step closer to reality for qualifying patient

    The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the regulations at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago. Lawmakers claimed they will track every marijuana bud and leaf produced.

    The group discussed rules for both patients who are looking to get relief for a medical condition and growers. It is not clear how many people who have medical conditions are interested in getting registry cards, but the Marijuana Policy Project estimates more than 10,000 patients could eventually sign up in Illinois. Applications could begin as early as September and medical marijuana would be available in 2015.

    State representative Lou Lang told FOX 32’s Joanie Lum he has been working toward this for years.

    “It took me five years to pass this bill and I didn’t do it to create business or revenue. I did it to provide a better quality of life for every sick person in our state,” Lang said.

    This is not true I’m writing letter to every body asking why state Representatives don’t tell the truth cuz Lou lang said every sick person gets help what about those with a record so Lou Lang statement is not true people in the state of Illinois  are denied medical treatment with the new marijuana pilot laws just because their have a record and are treated differently this means everyone is not in the eyes of the state of Illinois

    • Anonymous on December 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm
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    Lou lang told fox 32 news

    This program have been approved by a legislative committee, bringing legal marijuana one step closer to reality for qualifying patient

    The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the regulations at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago. Lawmakers claimed they will track every marijuana bud and leaf produced.

    The group discussed rules for both patients who are looking to get relief for a medical condition and growers. It is not clear how many people who have medical conditions are interested in getting registry cards, but the Marijuana Policy Project estimates more than 10,000 patients could eventually sign up in Illinois. Applications could begin as early as September and medical marijuana would be available in 2015.

    State representative Lou Lang told FOX 32’s Joanie Lum he has been working toward this for years.

    “It took me five years to pass this bill and I didn’t do it to create business or revenue. I did it to provide a better quality of life for every sick person in our state,” Lang said.

    This is not true I’m writing letter to every body asking why state Representatives don’t tell the truth cuz Lou lang said every sick person gets help what about those with a record so Lou Lang statement is not true people in the state of illinois are denied medical treatment with the new marijuana pilot laws just because their have a record and are treated differently this means everyone is not treated equal with medical trearment in the eyes of state of Illinois

      • citizens on January 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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      Don’t hide the truth about Illinois law marker tell the truth and our concerns

      This letter is to all law makers in state of Illinois. We the people have the right to medical treatment and can not be discriminated against criminal background, race ,religion, gender, and etc. You do not have the right to deny us medical we the people have rights to receive medical treatment. I say everyone has the right to medical treatment nobody has the right to deny anybody even if you have a record I say we the people of state of Illinois  that we all need to stand together and sue and make class action suit against idph and state of Illinois and ask for the law makers to resign they do not care about the people and have no business making laws its our right as humans to receive medical treatment I ask the President of the united states what is he going to do about this and I can answer that ? Nothing whoever made these laws should resign. If your lawmaker against the care of medical treatment and designing laws that stop people from getting that treatment please resign effective asap.  Let people who care about us in and make laws that help the people. So to the people of Illinois contact your TV station and radio station and let your voice be heard. for example if you have cancer and have a felony you will get denied or any other deliberating condition you will be denied the law maker don’t speak for us let’s stand together. Oh don’t contact ACLU they don’t do anything to help but they help the law makers not the people.

      This program have been approved by a legislative committee, bringing legal marijuana one step closer to reality for qualifying patient

      The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the regulations at a meeting Tuesday in Chicago. Lawmakers claimed they will track every marijuana bud and leaf produced.

      The group discussed rules for both patients who are looking to get relief for a medical condition and growers. It is not clear how many people who have medical conditions are interested in getting registry cards, but the Marijuana Policy Project estimates more than 10,000 patients could eventually sign up in Illinois. Applications could begin as early as September and medical marijuana would be available in 2015.

      State representative Lou Lang told FOX 32’s Joanie Lum he has been working toward this for years.

      “It took me five years to pass this bill and I didn’t do it to create business or revenue. I did it to provide a better quality of life for every sick person in our state,” Lang said.

      This is not true I’m writing letter to every body asking why state Representatives don’t tell the truth cuz Lou lang said every sick person gets help what about those with a record so Lou Lang statement is not true people in the state of Illinois  are denied medical treatment with the new marijuana pilot laws just because their have a record and are treated differently this means everyone is not in the eyes of the state of Illinois

    • Sean on September 4, 2014 at 6:34 am
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    That was snotty of you, Thom. You think rec use is something dirty? You must be a prohibitionist who wants a medical exemption while everyone else goes to jail.

    • paul on August 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm
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    thats fucked up how you make it so exspensive no one can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • thomk on August 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm
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      No that isn’t messed up.. it is actually very good because having the initial cost so high, only the REAL medical patients will be granted at this time. Having the costs up there for dispensaries will only attract those that are legitimate and reputable businesses. You must be a recreational..

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