Illinois' Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations Illinois' Medical Marijuana Laws & Regulations
On August 1 2013, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 1, The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act which creates a statewide distribution program for patients with one of over 35 serious medical conditions under the recommendation of their doctor. HB 1 is very strict and does not allow for pain and does not allow patients or their caregivers to cultivate their medicine.
HB 1 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. Dispensing organization and cultivation centers will be regulated by The Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and will be able to produce flowers, edibles, tinctures, and topicals. Medical cannabis will be taxed at 1%, the same rate as pharmaceutical and over-the-counter medicines.
Minors, public safety officials, school bus and commercial drivers, police and correctional officers, firefighters, and anyone convicted of a drug related felony are not allowed to be qualifying patients. The legislation includes restrictions on where cannabis can be consumed and previsions for driving under the influence.
Final regulations by the Departments of Health, Agriculture, Revenue, and Financial and Professional Regulation were issued on July 15, 2015.
HB 1 (2013) - The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act
SB 2636 (2014) - Adding seizures to debilitating medical conditions, and creating access for minors with seizures
Public Act 099-0519 (2016) - Adding PTSD and terminal illness as qualifying conditions
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