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Patient registration for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program is under way.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is accepting applications for qualifying patients and caregivers who wish to apply for a medical cannabis registration identification card. Applications are being accepted both electronically and through the mail.
“We are excited to enter into this phase of the program,” said Bob Morgan, Statewide Project Coordinator for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. “This program will reduce the pain and suffering of thousands of people in Illinois, and we wanted patients and caregivers to have ample time to register with IDPH as implementation continues.”
Qualifying patients whose last names begin with A – L have from Sept. 2 to Oct. 31 to submit their applications. Patients whose last names begin with M – Z may submit an application from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. Applications can be submitted electronically at www.medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov, or through the mail to: Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Medical Cannabis, 535 W. Jefferson St., Springfield, IL 62761-0001.
IDPH is also accepting physician certification forms through the mail.
Once IDPH receives a complete application, which includes the physician certification form and background information, IDPH has 30 business days to review it. Approval letters to qualified applicants will be mailed within 15 business days once the application has been reviewed. Registration cards will be mailed before dispensaries open.
Applicants who submit an incomplete application will be notified through the mail. They will have 21 days to resubmit their application. Patients who have been denied will be notified in writing as to why their application was denied.
More information about the patient application process can be found online at www.mcpp.illinois.gov in the Frequently Asked Questions section. For any questions regarding patient and caregiver registration, contact the DPH Division of Medical Cannabis at (855) 636-3688 or DPH.MedicalCannabis@illinois.gov.
Applications for cultivation center (Illinois Department of Agriculture) and dispensary (Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation) licenses are available online at www.mcpp.illinois.gov.