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Department of Public Health Issues Draft Rules

{From the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Website}

The Illinois Department of Public Health (”DPH”) has posted its draft administrative rules for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program online. You can view the draft rules here. The State will be posting all draft administrative rules on mcpp.illinois.gov in order to ensure public participation in the development of this Pilot Program.

The success of the Pilot Program depends upon rules that create a safe, consistent, and convenient environment for eligible patients. This emphasis on patients is why the State is beginning with the public posting of DPH rules. All comments and suggested changes to the draft DPH rules are welcome and encouraged, and should be sent electronically to DPH.MedicalCannabis@illinois.gov. When commenting on specific sections, please include the page number and the section you are referring to. DPH asks that you submit any comments by Friday, February 7, 2014.

Written comments may be mailed to:

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

ATTN: Rulemaking

Following the review of all comments and continued refinement of the draft rules, DPH will then submit the rules to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (”JCAR”). More information on the JCAR rules process can be found at http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/.

Please continue to monitor mcpp.illinois.gov for draft administrative rules from the Illinois Departments of Agriculture, Financial and Professional Regulation, and Revenue. Thank you for your continued interest in the development of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

The Official Medical Cannabis (Marijuana) Pilot Program Website for Illinois

The State of Illinois has launched their website that deals with everything related to the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.  Please visit http://www.mcpp.illinois.gov to learn more details about the program.  There is info for patients, doctors, and the regulatory agencies that will be overseeing the program and are currently drafting the rules and regulations for it. 

Unfortunately, it looks like medical cannabis won’t be available for patients for quite some time.  Our estimates are that patients will not have medicine until 2015!  There is an email signup and comments section at the official website.

2013 UPDATE: Medical Marijuana still illegal in Illinois

Medical cannabis (marijuana) is still illegal in Illinois because  HB 1 goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.  ICPA is an organization aimed at representing the interests of medical cannabis patients to Illinois lawmakers once the law has changed.   Please donate to the Illinois chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (Illinois NORML) for all their hard work at legalizing medical marijuana in IL.

Medical Cannabis Legislation Hearing Feb. 16, 2011 at 8:30AM in Springfield

House Bills 29 and 30 have been introduced by Representative Lang. Please take a moment to contact the sponsors of our medical cannabis legislation and thank them, it is also helpful to ask what one can do to help them pass these bills.

HB 30 will have a Human Services Committee Hearing Feb 16 2011 8:30AM Stratton Building Room D-1 Springfield, IL  If you are a patient or advocate of medical cannabis and can attend this hearing please let us know.

For those who cannot attend the committee hearing please write letters supporting medical cannabis in Illinois to the State Journal Register in Springfield, along with the Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Chicago Sun Times and USA Today.

SB 1381 Voted Down, Twice

Senate Bill 1381 was debated and voted on January 6, 2011 and November 30, 2010, yet it didn’t get enough votes either time.  Below are some links to video from the Nov. 30, 2010 debate and vote, we hope to get the Jan. 6, 2011 debate video up soon. Please contact your State Representative and thank them for voting Yes or inquire as to why they voted No.

January 6, 2011 Senate Bill 1381, Medical Cannabis Vote Roll Call.

Here is a video of how the Nov. 30, 2010 vote went down and who voted how before it was pulled from the record.

Our Youtube site has the full video of the Nov. 30, 2010 debate online now.

Below are more links to video of the debate.

Rep. Lang’s Closing Statements

Rep. Cole’s Opposing Statements

Rep. Sacia’s Opposing Statements

Medical Cannabis Patients & Advocates Return to the Capitol During the Veto Session to Push for Vote on Senate Bill 1381

Lawmakers will be returning to Springfield this week for the veto session. Medical cannabis patients and supporters once again will be in Springfield at the Capitol lobbying lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 1381. Please dress in a professional manner and be very courteous and respectful to everyone at the Capitol. This will NOT be a protest or a rally but an effort to convince lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 1381. Everyone will be required to go through security and a metal detector too.
For those who cannot make it to Springfield please call you State Representative everyday this week and politely and kindly tell them and/or their staffer to “Vote Yes on Senate Bill 1381.” By calling 217-782-2000 you’ll be connected to the Capitol switchboard and the operator will be able to connect you with your State Representative’s office in Springfield. The Illinois General Assembly website offers live streaming of floor debates and votes for legislation in House of Representatives and that would be the best way to stay up to date for when this bill will be called for a vote. If the bill is not called for a vote this week then the next chance will be November 29, 30 or December 1.

Veterans Affairs Directive Allows Patients to Use Medical Cannabis in States where Legal

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will not prevent veterans from using cannabis in states with medical cannabis laws.  Veterans had sought this policy clarification for several years.

The Veterans Health Directive offers guidance on the use and access to medical cannabis for veteran patients in the 14 states with medical cannabis programs.  Although VA doctors still may not recommend cannabis for treatment (because it remains a Schedule 1 narcotic under federal law), patients under VA care will be able to receive other doctors’ recommendations for cannabis and continue with their VA healthcare.  Previously, patients in medical cannabis states could have been refused pain medications if they were using cannabis for therapeutic purposes with the recommendation of a non-VA doctor.

Pain management appropriately is a high priority in the VA.  In the past, veterans were subjected to repeated drug testing and were denied pain medication if they tested positive for cannabis.  Now, with the VA’s support, veterans can work with their doctors to create a pain control program designed individually for each veteran.  No longer will they be prosecuted or denied treatment based on cannabis use.

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Medical Cannabis Vote Delayed Until November or January

Unfortunately, the Illinois legislature adjourned for the summer without calling Senate Bill 1381 for a vote. The next potential time for the Illinois House of Representatives to vote on this much needed legislation is November or January. However, the sponsor of the bill, State Representative Lou Lang has stated many times that he intends to call this bill for a vote when he knows that it has enough votes to pass. A few lawmakers in the weeks and days before the legislative session ended expressed their desires to see this bill pass but would not commit to voting yes on it. If we could have picked up these commitments then we might have been able to get the bill to Gov. Quinn’s desk. We could use more support and help in these lawmakers’ districts so if you or anyone you know lives in these areas please ask them to contact their State Representative about supporting SB 1381. The districts that we are working on include Arlington Heights, Dekalb, and Peoria. Also, please contact your State Representative and ask them why this bill was put on the back burner once again and why Illinois did not join the other 14 states in allowing medical cannabis.

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