Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program

On August 28, 2018, the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (Public Act 100-1114) became effective.  While certain provisions can be implemented immediately, there is significant work which must be completed before the program starts.  The Act requires IDPH and the other agencies involved in the program to adopt emergency administrative rules by December 1, 2018.  IDPH will also have to make changes in the registration process to implement the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. The provisions of P.A. 100-1114 which became effective immediately are: 

  • Patients and Designated Caregivers applying for a Medical Cannabis registry card do not need to submit fingerprints or consent to a background check as part of their application.
  • No business or person may charge patients for help filling out applications. If a patient needs help with the application process, they may visit a participating local health department for free help. Many medical cannabis dispensaries can also help a patient fill out the application at no charge.
  • Certifying physicians are required to have a relationship with the patient established at a physician’s office, hospital, or other healthcare facility and the physician must have an ongoing responsibility for the patient’s assessment, care, and treatment.

Please watch this webpage or check the Statewide Medical Cannabis Program website regularly for program updates as we work to implement this new initiative. 

Please do not send any documents for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program to the Department at this time.  Do not use the current application to submit your registration for a registry card unless you are applying for the current Medical Cannabis Registry Program.

We do not offer onsite assistance, but we are able to answer your questions or process your requests via email at:

Medical Cannabis Program representatives are available by phone at 1-855-636-3688 Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM