Thousands of applications expected for medical marijuana in Illinois

Qualifying patients and caregivers were allowed to submit applications to receive and administer medical marijuana in Illinois as of September 1, 2014.

The first clinic offering medical marijuana prescriptions in Illinois opened shortly after Governor Pat Quinn signed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act on August 1, 2013.

State rules said qualifying patients whose last name begins with letters A through L can apply between September 1 and October 31, 2014. Qualifying patients whose last name begins with the letters M through Z can apply between November 1 and December 31, 2014. Starting January 1, 2015, applications will be accepted year-round.

According to the Illinois rules governing medical marijuana, patients must have a debilitating medical condition such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, certain spinal and nervous system conditions, and certain conditions involving chronic pain including Rheumatoid arthritis and severe fibromyalgia. The Illinois Department of Health has the authority to add to the list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana prescription.

The statute allows officials 30 days to process the applications.

“I do expect that we will have hundreds of applicants in the next week,” said Bob Morgan, the Statewide Project Coordinator for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. “I think by the end of the calender year, we will have thousands of applicants.”

While Morgan expects a high volume of applicants, they will have to be over 18 years old. Patients under the age of 18 are prohibited from the application process until January 2015.

Illinois was the 20th state to legalize medical use of marijuana.

For application forms and more information, click here.

7 comments

  • jrandl

    Medical Marijuana, Thats about as big as Barnum and Bailey circus, Welfare illegals and the rich are home free, The hard working people, they want you to buy it so they can arrest you and take your savings accounts, guns, property, and what ever else you might own. All these other jerks never had anything to lose in the first place, and never will.They get thr free ride from the government. Always have always will, This is just the last way the government can take or steal what ever people have left. PRESTO they finally will get what they been trying to achieve for years.The reincarnation of slavery,.only this time its all colors .

    • Brian Kelly

      Fear of Medical Marijuana Legalization is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever.

      So please, all prohibitionists, we beg you, give your scare tactics, “Conspiracy Theories” and “Doomsday Scenarios” over the inevitable Legalization of Medical Marijuana a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

      Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it’s obviously defective.

      The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol and definitely so much less dangerous than daily handfuls of deadly, toxic, man-made, highly addictive, narcotic pain pills and other pharmaceuticals .

      If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about “saving us all” from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

      Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

      Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and or practice a little live and let live. They’ll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

  • Brian Kelly

    When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let’s have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!

    “[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane.” — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, “Federal Foolishness and Marijuana,” editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997

    “[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications.” — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001

    “[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate.” — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998

    “Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision.” — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003

    “The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses’ Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine.” — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995

    “[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use.” — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, “Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis,” 1995

    “When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug.” — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

  • jrandl

    Now it is official, Illinois is now twice as crooked as any state in the country, Welfare now Marijuana our last four governors went to prison, and now we got another one Pending.How much proof do you need. And that’s why thr building prisons in every city. in Illinois The government calls that creating jobs. Instead of Factories we create Prisons instead, Hows that grab you.

  • jrandl

    Go ahead, buy thr Marijuana, Its the same as putting a Ankle Bracelet on your leg to be traced every place you go and do. Your will forever be on thr books the same way a prison does business You will belong to them. You will have every thing, but it will soon be coming a mug shot and a prison number Or maybe they will just use your Social Security number, Make it easier for the illegals to get thr hands on them.

  • Julian42

    JRANDL, you make no sense whatsoever. The topic is about the Illinois application process. It says nothing about illegals getting a free ride.

  • Savage_Squad

    all of you are idiots its simply to help people with severe medical conditions if you dont need it dont take it . it doesnt hurt anybody its medicine. People die off asprin everyday. no one has died of medical marijuana

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