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What marijuana/cannabis businesses can you start in Illinois?

In 2013, The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (HB 1) was enacted to create a temporary statewide distribution program for qualifying patients. HB 1 specifies 35 qualifying conditions, but excludes chronic pain, the leading indication for use of medical cannabis. HB 1 allows patients to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks from one of the 60 dispensing organizations that will be supplied by the 22 cultivation centers. Cultivation by patients or their caregivers is prohibited. Minors, public safety officials, school bus and commercial drivers, police and correctional officers, firefighters, and anyone convicted of a drug-related felony are not eligible for the program. The law has a sunset clause that means the legislature will have to extend it or pass a new law by December 31, 2017.

The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved final rules for the pilot program on July 15, 2014 from the Departments of Agriculture, Financial and Professional Regulation, Public Health, and Revenue. The state last opened and closed the licensing period in September 2014 for:

What can you do right now?

Until the state re-opens their program you should:

The latest marijuana industry news, laws, & frequently asked questions for Illinois.