Illinois’ official government site providing the rules and regulations in the state can be found at:

Illinois now the 20th medical marijuana state!

House Bill 1PDF  –Approved: Apr. 17, 2013 by House, 61-57 and May 17, 2013 by Senate, 35-21 Signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Aug. 1, 2013 Effective: Jan. 1, 2014

Possession Limit: 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days Patient Fee: TBD.

60 licensed dispensaries, 22 cultivation sites, one in each state police district.

Purchases by patients will be taxed at 1% percent, the same as pharmaceuticals.

Growers and dispensaries will be taxed at 7% percent.

Medical Marijuana Program

Illinois Department of Public Health

Information provided by the state on sources for medical marijuana:
Cultivation centers and dispensing organizations will be registered by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, respectively.

Patient Registry Fee:
To be determined during the rulemaking process

Accepts other states’ registry ID cards?

Patient Registration:

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. Once the act goes into effect, “a tax is imposed upon the privilege of cultivating medical cannabis at a rate of 7% of the sales price per ounce.”

Approved Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, muscular dystrophy, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injury, or “one or more injuries that significantly interferes with daily activities as documented by the patient’s provider; and a severely debilitating or terminal medical condition or its treatment that has produced at least one of the following: elevated intraocular pressure, cachexia, chemotherapy induced anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects, constant or severe nausea, moderate to severe vomiting, seizures, or severe, persistent muscle spasms.”

Possession/Cultivation: “Adequate supply” is defined as “2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days and that is derived solely from an intrastate source.” The law does not allow patients or caregivers to cultivate cannabis.

Governor Pat Quinn’s Aug. 1, 2013 signing statement  (25 KB) explains key points of the law and notes that it is a four-year pilot program.

 Governor Quinn Signs Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act


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