Medical Cannabis

The Illinois Department of Public Health is committed to the effective implementation of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (P.A. 98-0122). On this website, you will find information about the program for patients and caregivers, physicians and the general public. Check this website regularly for the latest news and program information.

News and Announcements

August 8, 2014 – IDPH Patient Applications Now Available
Application Submission Period Begins September 2nd

In order to provide time for patients and caregivers to prepare all necessary materials, application information for Patients and Caregivers is now available online. Online materials include:

Town Hall Meetings The State has scheduled three town hall meetings throughout the state in order to answer any questions about the applications that may arise from those interested in applying as a patient/caregiver (through the Department of Public Health), for a cultivation center license (through the Department of Agriculture) or for a dispensary license (through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation). Below are the details for those three meetings:

July 15, 2014 – The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the rules for the medical cannabis pilot program from the Departments of Agriculture, Financial and Professional Regulation, Public Health, and Revenue. We greatly appreciate the many comments and suggestions that strengthened the Pilot Program rules. More information can be found here

January 1, 2014 – Effective date of Public Act 98-0122

August 1, 2013Governor Quinn Signs Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act

Frequently Asked Questions

Physician Information


Comments and recommendations to inform the Illinois Department of Public Health as it contemplates draft administrative rules for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program may be sent by e-mail to:

For more information, please visit the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website.

Contact Us
Illinois Department of Public Health
Office of Health Promotion
Division of Medical Cannabis
Toll-free 855-636-3688
217-782-3300 or
TTY (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466