Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program

UPDATE

The State is currently experiencing an unexpected technical issue which is causing disruption to service for our medical cannabis patients. In order to rectify this issue, all medical dispensaries must serve any medical cannabis patient or caregiver that is active in the State’s tracking system, BioTrack, until further notice. No active registered patient should be turned away due to issues with accessing the patient’s profile. Medical patients may purchase medical cannabis at ANY medical cannabis dispensary. Medical patient limits will continue to be enforced. Appropriate taxes will be assessed for medical cannabis purchases made by medical patients or caregivers at a medical cannabis dispensary.

Patients who continue to experience difficulties can contact the Medical Cannabis Patient Program - DPH.medicalcannabis@illinois.gov

Application Resources

Important Update for Patients/Applicants

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is converting the existing Medical Cannabis Registry to a new system – Entellitrak. The conversion process will require the current system to go down beginning June 7, 2021. New applicants and current patients will not be able to access the online system to submit applications or change dispensaries until the new system is available on June 22, 2021. Patients whose cards will expire soon after the new system is in place on June 22, 2021 will receive auto-generated emails detailing the process for renewals and extensions.

Entellitrak is already being utilized for registrants in the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. Conversion of the Medical Cannabis Registry system will allow for reduced fees, allowances for lifelong conditions, and the ability for patients to have three caregivers.

The new registry will allow patients to access their online account at any time to check status, submit demographic changes, and make payments using a credit card. Patients will also be able to print their own paper registry cards once approved, eliminating the wait time for a card to be mailed to them from a printing vendor.

The new registry is set to go live on June 22, 2021. Current active patients will receive an email prior to June 22, 2021 with information about where to find additional documentation about the new application procedures. Going forward, all communication from the registry will be through email. If an email address was not given with the current application or has changed and not been updated, these patients will not receive this information. When the new system is live, patients will be able to log in and update their email if necessary. Patients must also mark DPH.medicalcannabis@illinois.gov as safe email to reduce the possibility of system emails going to spam inboxes.

Questions may be emailed to – DPH.medicalcannabis@illinois.gov

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

Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program

In August 2013, Illinois became the 20th state to authorize a program for the cultivation and dispensing of cannabis for medical purposes. The Medical Cannabis Registry Program is a statewide program that allows patients access to medical marijuana who meet one of the qualifying conditions. The Illinois Department of Public Health manages the registry by reviewing and processing applications and issuing registry cards to Illinois residents meeting program requirements. IDPH protects patient confidentiality while striving to ensure timely accessibility to cannabis for registered patients.

Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act

PA 098-0122 – enacted 1/1/2014

  • Authorized Medical Cannabis Pilot Program; sunset 6/30/2018

PA 099-0775 – enacted 7/21/2014

  • Added seizure disorders to the definition of “debilitating condition”
  • Allows persons under age 18 to apply for a medical cannabis registration card

PA 099-519 – enacted 6/30/2016

  • Extended the pilot program through June 30, 2020
  • Added PTSD to the definition of “debilitating condition” and added a terminal illness eligibility category
  • Established a three-year cycle for patient applications

PA 100-0660 – enacted 8/1/2018

  • Ashley’s Law – Allows caregivers of minor registered patients to administer medical cannabis on school property

PA 100-1114 – enacted 8/28/2018

  • Established the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program
  • Provisional access to dispensaries for medical cannabis patient applicants
  • Removed fingerprinting requirements and eliminated disqualifying criminal offenses
  • Prohibits organizations from charging a fee to assist patients with application
  • House Bill 2023 – sent to the Governor 7/12/2019
  • Will make the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (and OAPP) permanent
  • Allows veterans receiving medical services at VA facilities to participate in OAPP
  • Adds Physician Assistant (PA), Advance Practice Nurses (APN) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) to licensed professions which can issue a certification for medical cannabis for both OAPP and MCPP
  • Adds new conditions - Autism, chronic pain, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, osteoarthritis, anorexia nervosa, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Neuro-Bechet’s Autoimmune Disease, neuropathy, polycystic kidney disease, superior canal dehiscence syndrome and expands Crohn’s disease to include ulcerative colitis
  • Allows up to three (3) caregivers for adult patients and minor patients (launch date to be determined)
  • Requires immediate dispensary changes for MCPP patients

P.A. 101-0027 – enacted 6/25/19

  • Cannabis Regulations & Tax Act (Adult Use Recreational Marijuana) Program
  • Allows registered medical cannabis patients to grow up to 5 cannabis plants for personal consumption

Senate Bill 0455 – sent to Governor on 6/19/19

  • Amends Ashley’s Law
  • Allows Illinois schools to allow a school nurse or school administrator to administer a medical cannabis-infused product to a registered minor qualifying patient
  • Requires ISBE and IDPH to develop a training program for school nurses

Referral Sources

Monthly Medical Cannabis Patient Program data can be found on the statewide Medical Cannabis Patient Program website.

Educational Resource - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – https://www.cdc.gov

Contact Information

IDPH does not offer onsite assistance, but we are able to answer your questions or process your requests via email.

Medical Cannabis Patient Program - DPH.medicalcannabis@illinois.gov.

Opioid Alternative Pilot Program – DPH.OAPP@illinois.gov

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