How To Register For The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

Illinois was the 20th state in the United States to legalize marijuana.  As of September 1, 2014 qualifying patients and caregivers are allowed to submit applications to receive and administer medical marijuana in the land of Lincoln.

Although the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program does not include chronic pain or PTSD it does include over 40 other qualifying conditions including cancer and ALS.  The full list of qualifying conditions and diseases are included at the bottom of this article.

According to WGAD 8 Chicago,

State rules said qualifying patients whose last name begins with letters A through L can apply between September 1 and October 31, 2014. Qualifying patients whose last name begins with the letters M through Z can apply between November 1 and December 31, 2014. Starting January 1, 2015, applications will be accepted year-round.

It’s simple to register online for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.  Click here to create a new account.

After you complete the registration your application will be in the processing stage.  Bob Morgan, project coordinator for the Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program confirmed that patients “will know if they are accepted to the program within 30 days.”

If accepted you will receive your medical marijuana card by mail.  However, dispensaries are not expected to open until 2015.

According to the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia/wasting syndrome, muscular dystrophy, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia, Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, Myoclonus, Dystonia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I), Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II), Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Sjogren’s syndrome, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, Myasthenia Gravis, Hydrocephalus, nail-patella syndrome, residual limb pain, or the treatment of these conditions; or any other debilitating medical condition that is added pursuant to statute or by the Department.

Current federal law lists cannabis as a Section 1 drug with no medical value.  Illinois thinks different…  What do you think?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below:

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Justin Kander

Justin Kander is a cannabis extract activist who has attended and presented at numerous medical conferences throughout the world. His recent book Enhancing Your Endocannabinoid System details the best ways to improve the effectiveness of cannabis medicine.