Illinois Medical Marijuana Applications Now Available

Illinois just released online its applications for medical marijuana patients and caregivers. Those patients with last names beginning with A through L will be able to submit their applications starting September 2nd, while prospective patients with last names beginning with M through Z may apply beginning on November 1st. It is important to note that the state will disregard any applications sent before the appropriate date. Illinois has also released the Physician Written Certification Form that must be mailed by each physician to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The state also released draft applications for medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers. Illinois anticipates the application period for dispensaries and cultivation centers to run from Monday, September 8 through Monday, September 22. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has determined the application requirements and instituted a point system to evaluate applicant eligibility for the sixty dispensary licenses that will be available, as per the following:

  • Suitability of Proposed Dispensary (150 points)
  • Business and Operations Plan (200 points)
  • Security Plan (200 points)
  • Record-keeping and Inventory Plan (200 points)
  • Financial Disclosures (150 points)
  • Bonus Section (100 points and optional), includes:
    • Labor & Employment Practices
    • Research Plan
    • Community Benefits Plan
    • Substance Abuse Prevention Plan
    • Local Community/Neighborhood Report
    • Environmental Plan
    • Verification of Minority-Owned, Female-Owned, Veteran-Owned, or Disabled Person-Owned
    • Illinois Based Applicants

The Illinois Department of Agriculture has developed a similar point system for granting up to twenty-two cultivation center permits, based on the following:

  • Suitability of Proposed Facility (150 points)
  • Staffing and Operations Plan (100 points)
  • Security Plan (200 points)
  • Cultivation Plan (300 points)
  • Product Safety and Labeling Plan (150 points)
  • Business Plan (100 points)
  • Bonus Section (optional), awarding 20 points for each of the following:
    • Labor and Employment Practices
    • Research Plan
    • Community Benefits Plan
    • Substance Abuse Prevention Plan
    • Local Community/Neighborhood Report
    • Environmental Plan
    • Verification of Minority Owned, Female Owned, Veteran Owned, or Disabled Person Owned Business
    • Verification that the Applicant’s Principal Place of Business is Headquartered in Illinois and Plan for Creating Illinois Based Jobs

The state has scheduled three town hall meetings to discuss the application process for patients, caregivers, cultivation centers, and dispensaries, as per the following:

  • Southern Illinois: Metro East, Thursday August 14th, 9:30 a.m.
    Kenneth Hall State Regional Office Building
    1102 Eastport Plaza Drive
    Collinsville, IL 62234
  • Central Illinois: Monday, August 18th, 11a.m.
    Peoria Public Library
    107 NE Monroe Street
    Peoria, IL 61602
  • Northern Illinois: Wednesday, August 20th, 10a.m.
    Northeastern Illinois University, Alumni Hall (North), Student Union Building
    5500 N. St. Louis Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60625

Illinois’ application process for both dispensaries and cultivation centers is going to be both complicated and labor intensive. In other words, if you have not already begun preparing your applications and you are planning to do so, our advice is not to delay. Illinois’ application process and selection criteria remind us of Nevada. We have handled a number of Nevada cannabis applications and we wrote about that process in How To Get A Nevada Marijuana License. It Ain’t Easy and Nevada MMJ Licenses. What It Takes, Every Single Step Of The Way.

For more on Illinois requirements and Chicago’s additional requirements, check out  Illinois Medical Marijuana Rules Finalized, Applications Begin in September and BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Enacts Marijuana Rules.