Signed into law on June 30, 2016, PA 99-0519 includes the following changes to the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act:
- Adds PTSD and terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis;
- Removes the requirement that physicians attest to the benefits of medical cannabis, allowing them instead to simply certify that the patient has one of the qualifying medical conditions;
- Requires the Illinois Department of Public Health to inform the Prescription Monitoring Program that a patient has a medical cannabis card;
- Alters patient registration from one year to three years for renewal and provides that fingerprinting only be performed once;
- Reconstitutes the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board;
- Designates that applications to add qualifying conditions shall be made directly to IDPH, rather than have the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board convene to review applications;
- Addresses a conflict in the law that could jeopardize lawful gun ownership of medical cannabis patients;
- Provides that qualifying patients under age 18 can have two designated caregivers to obtain medical cannabis; and
- Extends the sunsetting of the program by two years extension, from January 1, 2018 to January 1, 2020.
Read about state and federal changes and developments that could impact the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program in Illinois.