How is this possible?
In August of 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law called the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. The Act effectively gave access for qualifying patients to medical cannabis that is both grown and distributed through state-licensed facilities.
The Act grants access to patients who are living with any of the approximately 40 qualifying medical conditions, such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, seizures, or HIV/AIDS. There are 11 additional conditions which have passed the preliminary stages of approval by the Department of Health, including migraines, PTSD, IBS, and osteoarthritis.
Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act
Overview of House Bill 1
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.
House Bill 1 Approved April 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
Visit the link below to read Gov. Pat Quinn’s signed statement that explains the key points of the law
Effective: Jan. 1, 2014
“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.
How the law reads:
You can view the full details of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act on the Illinois Department of Public Health website by visiting the link below:
In order for a resident of Illinois to participate in this program as a qualified patient, the resident must go through a certification process. Please click here for a step-by-step guide that will show you exactly what you’ll need to do to become a registered medical cannabis patient in the state of Illinois.