Medical Cannabis has been used in treating or alleviating the pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with a variety of debilitating medical conditions.
Unfortunately, many individuals who may benefit from Medical Cannabis are either uncertain or unaware of how to obtain access to it.
At Mora Mota Group, we're posting a FAQ list that can help provide insight into the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ What is the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program?
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act establishes a patient registry program, protects registered qualifying patients and registered designated caregivers from "arrest, prosecution, or denial of any right or privilege," and allows for the registration of cultivation centers and dispensing organizations.
+ Why was the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program Established?
The Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program allows persons who are diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition to register with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in order to obtain access to cannabis (marijuana) for medical use.
+ How do I register for the MMMP?
To qualify for a patient registry identification card, a qualifying patient must:
- Be a resident of the State of Illinois at the time of application and remain a resident during participation in the program;
- Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition;
- Have a signed physician certification;
- Complete the fingerprint-based background check
+ What are the qualifying medical conditions?
A patient must be diagnosed by a qualifying medical professional for one of the following conditions:
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
- HIV Positive or AIDS
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial cystitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail Patella
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Residual limb pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
- Severe fibromyalgia
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
- Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Spinocerebellar ataxia
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
+ What is the process for qualified medical professionals?
The Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program requires physicians to certify the diagnosis of a debilitating condition or terminal illness for a qualifying patient seeking to apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card.
All qualifying patients who apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card must have their debilitating medical condition certified by a physician once every three years. The physician must:
- Have a bona-fide physician-patient relationship with the qualifying patient. The bona-fide physician-patient relationship may not be limited to issuing a written certification for the patient or a consultation simply for that purpose.
- Have responsibility for the ongoing care and treatment of the qualifying patient's debilitating condition, provided that the ongoing treatment and care shall not be limited to or for the primary purpose of certifying a debilitating medical condition or providing a consultation solely for that purpose.
- Complete an in-person full assessment of the patient's medical history and current medical condition, including a personal physical examination prior to completing the physician certification. The assessment of the qualifying patient's current medical condition shall include, but not be limited to, symptoms, signs, and diagnostic testing related to the debilitating medical condition.
- Certify that the qualifying patient is under the physician's care, either for the qualifying patient's primary care or for his or her debilitating medical condition or symptoms of a debilitating medical condition.
+ How is the written certification submitted for a qualifying patient?
Once a Physician Certification form is complete, the physician must complete the physician written certification document and sign it in blue ink. DO NOT give this form to the patient. The written certification may be sent via regular mail to:
Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis, 535 W. Jefferson Street, Springfield, IL 62761
Or a COLOR scan (.pdf only) may be emailed to DPH.DebilitatingConditions@illinois.gov. The message section of the email must contain contact information for the physician, physician’s office and staff person sending the emailed form.
+ What Forms do I fill out?
- Medical Cannabis Qualifying Patient Application
- Medical Cannabis Qualifying Patient Application Instructions
- Application for a Designated Caregiver Registry Identification Card
- Medical Cannabis Caregiver Application Instructions
- Fingerprint Consent Form
+ How much cannabis can I posses while registered under the MMMP?
Patients may possess and "adequate supply as defined by statute as:
- 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of usable cannabis flower during a period of 14 days and that is solely derived from an intrastate source.
The law does not allow patients or caregivers to cultivate medical cannabis plants.
+ What about Primary Caregivers?
A caregiver can assist you with the use of medical cannabis; consider designating a caregiver when you apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card. Complete the Designated Caregiver Application and submit the required documents with your patient application.
+ Where can I get more Information?
You may access the LARA website here.