The Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program requires physicians to be the gatekeeper for access to medical cannabis. A physician may be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 to practice medicine and must have a current controlled substances license under Article II of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. No other licensed profession (including dentists) may recommend a qualifying patient for medical cannabis use.
The requirements for the physician recommendation will be established in the administrative rules being developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The Department has 120 days from the effective date (January 1, 2014) to write the rules and criteria that will apply to the patient registry. At that time (approximately May 1, 2014), the rules will be filed with the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for review and public comment.
Illinois Department of Public Health
Office of Health Promotion
Bureau of Medical Cannabis