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Illinois

Allows Medical marijuana?: Yes

Allows Adult-Use marijuana?: Yes

2018 Medical Sales : $146,000,000

2022 Projected Medical Sales : $400,000,000

2018 Adult Use Sales : N/A

2022 Projected Adult Use Sales : N/A

Noteworthy Information: 
{{COVID-19 Update: Medical and adult-use cannabis businesses can remain open as essential businesses. https://www2.illinois.gov/IISNews/21288-Gov._Pritzker_Stay_at_Home_Order.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=MJD_20200324_News_Daily }}

Illinois House Bill 1438/Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act was approved by both houses on May 31, 2019. The bill legalizes and regulates the production, consumption, and sale of cannabis in Illinois. The bill will come into effect January 1, 2020. Illinois has operating dispensaries. The program initially suffered from low numbers of patients. In 2016 the state made adjustments to the program, including adding PTSD and terminal illness as conditions. The language for doctors was relaxed: one must now only state that the doctor is treating the patient, and what condition the patient has. Veterans are only required to submit one year of medical records from the VA facility where they receive services, rather than requiring such a note.

Is there a Regulatory Structure? (State Agency): Yes
(called ‘Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.’ Agencies & duties:

Illinois Department of Agriculture – oversees Cultivation and Testing Laboratories

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation – oversees Dispensaries

Illinois Department of Health – oversees patient and caregiver registry)

# of Dispensaries Allowed (# issued): 60 allowed (54 Approved)

# of Cultivations Allowed (# issued): 22 Allowed (22 Issued) 

# of Manufacturers Allowed (# issued): [Must be tied to a cultivation] (see above)

# of Testing labs Allowed (# issued): No limit (5 Issued)

Geographic Distribution of Licenses: Distribution of cultivations: A single entity can own a maximum of 3 cultivation permits. An individual is prohibited from being an owner, partner, officer, director, shareholder, or member of more than 3 permitted cultivation centers. Distribution of dispensaries: Complex. See Section 1290.20 of 68 IAC 1290.

Application Fee: 
Dispensary Authorization Application fee= $5,000
Dispensing Agent Application Fee=$100
Dispensary Change of Location Application Fee= $5, 000

Cultivation Center Permit Application Fee=$25,000
Cultivation Center Change of Location Application Fee= $1,000
Cultivation Center Change of Stock Ownership or principal officers application fee= $1,000
Cultivation Center Modifications Application Fee= $5,000 (Additional $3,000 if the modification application is approved)
Application “to make physical, non-cosmetic alteration of a cultivation center, other than an expansion”= $1,000
Cultivation Center Variance Request Fee=$200

Application Fees for Qualifying Patients:
$100 for One-Year Registry Card
$200 for Two-Year Registry Card
$250 for Three-Year Registry Card

Reduced Application Fees for Qualifying Patients:
$50 for One-Year Registry Card
$100 for Two-Year Registry Card
$125 for Three-Year Registry Card

Application Fees for Designated Caregivers
$25 for One-Year Registry Card
$50 for Two-Year Registry Card
$75 for Caregiver applying separately for a patient who has already been registered

Licensing Fees: 
Dispensary Registration Fee= $30,000
Dispensary Registration Renewal Fee= $25,000
Dispensing Agent Renewal Fee= $50
Dispensing Agent Identification card replacement Fee= $50
Dispensary Registration Replacement Fee= $50

Cultivation Center Permit Fee= $200,000
Cultivation Center Permit Renewal Fee= $100,000
Cultivation Center Agent Identification card Fee=$100
Cultivation Center Agent-in-Charge Identification Card fee= $100
Cultivation Center Agent Identification card Renewal Fee=$100
Cultivation Center Agent-in-Charge Identification Card Renewal Fee= $100
Cultivation Center Agent Identification card Replacement Fee=$50
Cultivation Center Agent-in-Charge Identification Card Replacement fee= $50
Cultivation Center Cannabis product Registration Fee= $100/ product name

Residency Requirements: 
No, but Preference is given to Illinois-Based Applicants. 

Vertical Integration Allowed, Required or Prohibited: 
No vertical integration allowed

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Patient Conditions: 
Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
HIV/AIDS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Arnold-Chiari malformation
Cancer
Causalgia
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
Crohn’s disease
CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
Dystonia
Fibrous Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Hepatitis C
Hydrocephalus
Hydromyelia
Interstitial cystitis
Lupus
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Myasthenia Gravis
Myoclonus
Nail-patella syndrome
Neurofibromatosis
Parkinson’s disease
Post-Concussion Syndrome
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Residual limb pain
Rheumatoid arthritis
Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
Severe fibromyalgia
Sjogren’s syndrome
Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
Spinocerebellar ataxia
Syringomyelia
Tarlov cysts
Tourette syndrome
Traumatic brain injury
Cachexia/wasting syndrome
Terminal illness with a diagnosis of 6 months or less

Testing Required: 
Yes

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