The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was signed by Governor Quinn on August 1, 2013, and went into effect on January 1, 2014. The Department of Agriculture is charged with registering and regulating up to 22 cultivation centers allowed in the law. The Department of Agriculture administrative rules were approved by the JCAR committee on July 15, 2014. Further information on the Act (410 ILCS 130), including the full text can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website (ilga.gov). Please visit the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website for past drafts of the rules, program updates and frequently asked questions.
Cultivation Center Applications
The application period is now closed. The Department will not accept any additional applications for cultivation center permits. Applicants may not supplement or amend their applications unless they receive a letter from the Department requesting further information pursuant to 8 Ill. Admin. Code 1000.100(c). Upon receipt of an application deemed to be complete, the Department will engage in no further communication with the applicant until after the selection process is completed, except as provided in Section 1000.110(g) and (h), or pursuant to Section 1000.100(c)(2), which allows applicants to submit a completed Notice of Proper Zoning Form within 60 days of submission of the application.
Pursuant to Section 145(a)(2) of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, (410 ILCS 130/145(a)(2)), applications for cultivation center permits, their contents and supporting documentation are confidential and exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.
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Further information about the Act and the roles of the Department of Public Health and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may be found at mcpp.illinois.gov