Illinois - Medical Marijuana Pilot Project

Updated:  2/3/2014

The Illinois General Assembly has passed and the governor signed legislation creating a medical marijuana pilot project in the state.  Among the "conditions" covered by this new law is glaucoma.  At the present time, the state has not issued rulemaking that will govern how this program will be implemented, nor has the state granted any permits for distribution.  Therefore, currently cannabis for medical uses is not yet available in Illinois.

The state has posted the following notice:  "Members of the public should be aware that full implementation of MCPP will take time. The State of Illinois is warning that it will not be legal for anyone to grow, offer to provide, or to possess, medical cannabis until licenses have been issued and the program is up and running."

ISEPS is monitoring the rulemaking process, and we will share as much information as we can with our members as the details become known.  In the meantime, this page provides a few resources that may be of help to Illinois ophthalmologists.


  • Public Act 98-0122 - the "Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act."  This is the actual law passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Quinn.
  • State of Illinois "Medical Cannabis Pilot Program" website.
  • Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) information page
  • IDPH physician information
  • IDPH Draft Rules -- Before medical cannabis can be prescribed and distributed to patients, the relevant state agencies must adopt the specifics of how the pilot program will be implemented.  The draft rules published on January 21, 2014 by the Illinois Department of Public Health is a first step in this potentially lengthy process.
  • ISEPS Summary of the law

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