In 2013, The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (HB 1) was enacted to create a temporary statewide distribution program for qualifying patients. The law has a sunset clause that means the legislature will have to extend it or pass a new law by December 31, 2017.
In 2016, the legislature passed SB 10 that extended the sunset clause for the program to 2020, added PTSD and terminal illness as qualifying conditions, established a petition process for adding new conditions, and made changes in the regulations for physicians recommending process including a 3 year renewal option for patients.
Qualifying conditions of patients: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Alzheimer’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Cancer, Crohn’s disease, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type I), CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II), Dystonia, Fibromyalgia (severe), Fibrous dysplasia, Glaucoma, Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Lupus, Multiple sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, Post-concussion syndrome, Post-Traumatic Stress, Disorder (PTSD), Tourette syndrome, Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Debilitating Conditions.
Licensing period is closed.
There will be 22 cultivation centers to stock dispensary inventory.
Cannabis Grow Limit:
Home cultivation is not permitted.
Cannabis Possession Limit:
Adequate supply means 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days and that is derived solely from an intrastate source.
Distribution/DispensariesThe State’s first dispensaries began serving patients in November 2015.
Licensing period is closed.
There will be 60 distributing organizations.
Illinois became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana on August 1, 2013
Important Cannabis Laws
HB 1 (2013) : specifies 35 qualifying conditions, but excludes chronic pain, the leading indication for use of medical cannabis. Allows patients to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks from one of the 60 dispensing organizations that will be supplied by the 22 cultivation centers. Cultivation by patients or their caregivers is prohibited. Minors, public safety officials, school bus and commercial drivers, police and correctional officers, firefighters, and anyone convicted of a drug-related felony are not eligible for the program.
SB 2636 (2014) – Adding seizures to debilitating medical conditions, and creating access for minors.
SB 10 (2016) : extended the sunset clause for the program to 2020, added PTSD and terminal illness as qualifying conditions, established a petition process for adding new conditions, and made changes in the regulations for physicians recommending process including a 3 year renewal option for patients.