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Illinois Department of Public Health Not Yet Accepting Applications for Conditions Recently Recommended by the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board

News – Thursday, May 14, 2015

SPRINGFIELD – Before patients with 11 additional medical conditions and diseases recently recommended by the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (Board) can apply for an identification card to purchase medical cannabis in Illinois, the conditions and diseases must officially be added to the program through rulemaking.
On May 4, 2015 the Board recommended 11 conditions and diseases be added to the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.  However, before patient registration applications can be accepted for any new conditions or diseases, the Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) must approve recommendations made by the Board.  IDPH must also draft rules to add those conditions and diseases to the list of approved conditions.  Applications submitted prior to the 11 recommended conditions being added to the program will be rejected and the application fee refunded.
The rulemaking process can take several months.  IDPH strongly encourages patients to wait before sending applications associated with the 11 recommended conditions and diseases.  Please monitor the medical cannabis website as to when applications will be accepted.
The 11 conditions and diseases recommended by the Board are:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Chronic Post-Operative Pain
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Migraine
  • Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome


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