Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Medical Marijuana Conditions for Illinois - Are You Eligible?

Medical Marijuana Conditions for Illinois - Qualifying Conditions:

Medical Marijuana Conditions for Illinois are as follows


Debilitating Conditions - Medical Marijuana Conditions for Illinois

Qualifying patients must be diagnosed with a debilitating condition, as defined in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, to be eligible for a medical cannabis registry identification card in Illinois.

  • Autism
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neuro-Bechet’s autoimmune disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
  • 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
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Minor Qualifying Patient Application - Medical Marijuana Conditions for Illinois

Families may choose a one-year, two-year card, or three-year Medical Cannabis Registry Card for a minor with a debilitating condition. One caregiver is included at no charge in the application for a minor.  A second caregiver may be added by completing a caregiver application and submitting a $75.00 fee.

Minor qualifying patients do not need to submit a photo.

health care professional certification is required as well as a reviewing health care professional certification.

A designated caregiver shall be specified for a minor qualifying patient:

  • A qualifying patient under 18 years of age may identify two designated caregivers if both biological parents or two legal guardians have significant decision-making responsibilities over the qualifying patient; or
  • If only one biological parent or legal guardian has significant decision-making responsibilities for the qualifying patient under 18 years of age, then a second designated caregiver may be identified.

Qualifying patients who turn 18 years of age during the time period in which their registry identification card is valid may apply for an adult registry identification card immediately or during the normal renewal period.  Until that time, the registry identification card shall be subject to the conditions applicable to the registered qualifying patient under age 18.

Designated caregivers of registered qualifying patients under 18 years of age may only purchase medical cannabis-infused products from registered dispensing organizations; other types of medical cannabis products are not allowed.

Ashley’s Law – Ensuring Access to Medical Cannabis for Registered Patients Under Age 18

For more information about Ashley’s Law please refer to the Illinois State Board of Education website.

Petition to Add Debilitating Conditions

Illinois residents may petition the Illinois Department of Public Health to add debilitating medical conditions or diseases to those listed in subsection (h) of Section 10 of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.

Petitions to add debilitating medical conditions or diseases will be accepted by the Department during the period of January 1 to January 31 annually.

Petitions will be accepted in hard copy format as specified in the Petition to Add a Debilitating Condition. Petitions must be mailed to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761-0001

NOTE: Petitions received outside the annual petition period will not be considered and will be returned to the sender.

What is the status of petitions submitted in January 2016 and reviewed by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board in May 2016?

Public Act 099-0519 became law on June 30, 2016 and made several changes in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.  One of those changes abolished the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board which was convened prior to June 30, 2016.  In accordance with the rules filed on August 1 all petitions to add debilitating conditions submitted to the Department in January 2016 will be reviewed in accordance with Section 946.30 (77 Ill. Adm. Code 946.30(g)).

Current qualifying debilitating conditions are listed on the web site  Additionally, terminal illness is now a qualifying condition.

Transcripts from Medical Cannabis Advisory Board Petition Hearings - Medical Marijuana Conditions for Illinois

Opioid Alternative Pilot Program

On August 28, 2018, Public Act 100-1114, the Alternative to Opioids Act of 2018, was signed into law - making changes to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. The Public Act created the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP), which allows access to medical cannabis for individuals who have or could receive a prescription for opioids as certified by a physician licensed in Illinois.

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health indicates opioid deaths in Illinois increased 13 percent from 2016 to 2017. Opioids can be highly addictive in a very short period of time. This program offers qualifying individuals an alternative to manage their pain. The long-term goal of this program is to reduce opioid deaths.

On January 31, 2019, IDPH officially launched the OAPP.

Monthly Opioid Alternative Pilot Program data can be found on the statewide Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website.

Qualifying patients for OAPP must be at least 21 years old and be a resident of Illinois.

Licensed physicians must certify the qualifying patients has a medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed based on generally accepted standards of care.

Registered patients are eligible to purchase 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis every 14 days.

Physician certifications are valid for 90 days but can be renewed to allow patients to continue accessing medical cannabis.

A $10 fee is required for each 90-day registration period.

Veterans with a current prescription for an opioid who are receiving medical services at VA facilities shall be eligible to register for the OAPP effective September 30, 2019.

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