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The Compassionate Use Of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act

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The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act FAQs
 
Q. How do I apply to become a dispensing organization?
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APPLICATIONS FOR DISPENSING ORGANIZATIONS ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ("DFPR") is in the process of drafting administrative rules for the implementation of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act ("the Act").

Q. When will the dispensing organization registration applications be ready?
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DFPR has 120 days from January 1, 2014 to file administrative rules with the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). There will then be a First Notice period that lasts a minimum of 45 days. After the First Notice period, there will be a Second Notice period that lasts for a maximum of 45 days with the possibility of a 45 day extension. Once the administrative rules are adopted, DFPR will establish the application process for dispensing organizations.

Q. What are the fees associated with applying to become a dispensing organization?
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The fees associated with becoming a dispensing organization will be established in the administrative rules being developed by DFPR.

Q. Can I make comments on the proposed rules?
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Once the proposed administrative rules are submitted to JCAR, they are published in the Illinois Register. Upon publication in the Register, there will be a 45 day First Notice period in which the public can submit comments to DFPR. The Notice Form that is published along with the proposed administrative rules will contain information on where the public can submit written comments.

Q. What are the specific requirements to become a dispensing organization?
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No details other than what is provided for in the Act will be available until the administrative rules are submitted to JCAR.

Q. What statutory restrictions on becoming a dispensing organization are provided for in the Act?
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Applicants must be 21 years of age, must submit all required materials to DFPR, must be in compliance with local zoning rules, must not have a conviction for a violent crime or a violation of state or federal controlled substance laws, must not be a principal officer or board member of a dispensing organization that has had its registration revoked, and must not be a registered qualified patient or a registered caregiver. A dispensing organization must not be located within 1,000 feet of the property line of a pre-existing public or private preschool or elementary or secondary school or day care center, day care home, group day care home, or part day child care facility. A dispensing organization may not be located in a house, apartment, condominium, or an area zoned for residential use.

Q. Where can I find the full text of the Act?
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Please click here:http://ilga.gov/legislation/98/HB/PDF/09800HB0001lv.pdf

Q. Where can I find information on becoming registered patients and designated caregivers?
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Registered patients and designated caregivers will be regulated by the Department of Public Health. Additional information can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/HealthWellness/MedicalCannabis/index.htm

Q. Where can I find information regarding becoming a cultivation center?
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Cultivation centers will be regulated by the Department of Agriculture. http://www.agr.state.il.us/

Q. Where can I find information regarding the proposed rules?
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The proposed rules are posted on the proposed rules page of the IDFPR website (click here to see the rules)
(Click here to see an announcement regarding the proposed rules)

For more information, please visit the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website or send an email to FPR.MedicalCannabis@illinois.gov.