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.

Medical Cannabis Registry Applications

Applicants should consider discussing medical cannabis with their physician prior to beginning an application. All applicants, except for veterans receiving care at a VA facility, must provide written certification from their physician for the use of medical cannabis. Patients and caregivers may now submit medical cannabis registry applications online through a secure electronic application  Persons whose last name starts with A through L may apply starting September 2, 2014. Persons whose last name starts with M through Z may apply starting November 1, 2014.

Persons unable to use the online application may mail application materials to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761-0001

Application materials include:

News and Announcements

Frequently Asked Questions

Physician Information

Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Annual Report to the General Assembly

Educational Resources

Drug Facts - Marijuana (National Institutes of Health)

Mind Your Meds - Basic Medication Safety Tips (PDF)

A Slippery Slope: The Dangers of Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse (PDF)

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

Contact Us
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761-0001

Toll-free 855-636-3688
217-782-3300 or
TTY (hearing impaired use only) 800-547-0466