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 Program.
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.