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Medical Marijuana Resources
  • Approved Rules
      On Tuesday, July 15, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules approved the rules for the medical cannabis pilot program from the Departments of Agriculture, Financial and Professional Regulation, Public Health, and Revenue. We greatly appreciate the many comments and suggestions that strengthened the Pilot Program rules.
  • Common Questions Concerning Medical Cannabis
      This online column explains a variety of issues regarding medical marijuana. It also provides pertinent resources.
  • Medical Cannabis Pilot Program
      The website for the State of Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program ("MCPP"). The stated purpose: "Illinois will be working diligently to create a transparent and thorough process to ensure access to medical cannabis for qualified individuals. This website will be the central location for implementation updates, draft and final administrative rules, application forms, FAQ's, press releases, and other materials."
  • Proposed Rules
      The Illinois Department of Public Health, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Department of Revenue and Department of Agriculture have formally filed medical cannabis pilot program administrative rules. These rules incorporate many of the comments and suggestions we have received from the public.


Pertinent Court Opinions
  • Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005) - FindLaw
      The United States Supreme Court ruled that under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, the United States Congress may criminalize the production and use of home-grown cannabis even where states approve its use for medicinal purposes.
  • U.S. v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative, 532 U.S. 483 (2001) - FindLaw
      The United States Supreme Court rejected the common-law medical necessity defense to crimes enacted under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, regardless of their legal status under the laws of states such as California that recognize a medical use for marijuana.


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