IDPH FAQ About SB336 Alternative to Opioid Act
last updated Wed, August 29, 2018 at 8:30am
Are fingerprints required for people applying for a Medical Cannabis registry card?
Effective, August 28, 2018, applicants for a Medical Cannabis registry card will NOT have to obtain a fingerprint background check. Fingerprint background checks for all applications currently under review will be waived. Applicants who were denied for a Medical Cannabis Registry Card, prior to August 28, 2018, due to an excluded offense may submit a complete, new application to IDPH.
Can patients with an opioid prescription go to a dispensary today?
No. The Act requires IDPH and the other agencies involved in the program to adopt emergency administrative rules by December 1, 2018. IDPH will also have to make changes in the registration process to implement the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. Please do not send any documents to IDPH at this time. Do not use the current application to submit a registration for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.
When can patients register with the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program?
There are a lot of steps IDPH and the other agencies must work through to begin implementation, including modifications to our registration system, so it is impossible to provide an exact date at this time. IDPH must adopt administrative rules by December 1, 2018. We recommend you visit the IDPH website www.dph.illinois.gov or www.mcpp.illinois.gov
What if a patient wants to apply for the Medical Cannabis Registry Program now?
If a patient has one or more of the qualifying debilitating conditions specified in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act and is interested in applying for a Medical Cannabis registry card, please visit the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov for more information. Patients may also apply online by clicking on the On-line Medical Cannabis Registry Application on the right side of the website under RESOURCES or at https://medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov/.
If a patient has more questions about the Medical Cannabis Registry Program or the requirements of SB 336, should they call the Medical Cannabis Program?
We recommend emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.