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.
Current qualifying debilitating conditions are listed on the web site http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis/debilitating-conditions. Additionally, terminal illness is now a qualifying condition.
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)).