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Illinois Medical Marijuana Advisory Board Wants To Significantly Expand Program

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Illinois’ medical marijuana program has been slow to get off the ground. When the Illinois Legislature passed the medical marijuana bill that created the pilot program, it was one of the most strict programs in the country. The list of qualifying conditions did not include many ailments that other states allow. Below is the list of qualifying conditions that were approved when the pilot program started (and they are still the current ones as of this blog post), per the Illinois Department of Public Health:

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
• Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
• Cachexia/wasting syndrome
• Cancer
• Causalgia
• Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
• Crohn’s disease
• CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
• Dystonia
• Fibromyalgia (severe)
• Fibrous dysplasia
• Glaucoma
• Hepatitis C
• Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
• Hydrocephalus
• Interstitial Cystitis
• Lupus
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Muscular dystrophy
• Myasthenia Gravis
• Myoclonus
• Nail-patella syndrome
• Neurofibromatosis
• Parkinson’s disease
• Post-concussion syndrome
• RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
• Residual limb pain
• Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
• Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
• Sjogren’s syndrome
• Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
• Spinal cord injury
• Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
• Tourette’s syndrome
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

At a recent advisory board meeting, made up of doctors, nurses, patients and a pharmacist, a recommendation was approved that would add 12 more qualifying conditions to the list above. Some of the conditions that were recommended by the advisory board were osteoarthritis, migraines, neuropathy, post-traumatic stress disorder, and diabetic neuropathy. The group decided against adding anxiety and diabetes to the list, but will accept another round of petitions to add qualifying conditions in July.

From here the Illinois State Department of Public Health will consider the recommendations, and if approved, will make them officially part of the program. If they are ultimately accepted, the pool of potential patients would grow dramatically, which is something I have hoped for for since the program started.



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  1. Rick Mahoney on

    where can I find form that requests to the doctor that medical records be released for the doctor

  2. I thought they had a long waiting list. That’s good to know. Also, did you have your medical records sent there before your appointment?

  3. How long does it take to get an appointment at Pied Pfeifer/Orland? Do they have a super long waiting list?

  4. Jessica Hart on

    They charge per visit – the first time, you meet the assistant & give her your background info. Tests, doctor info, etc. I think that one was $45 or $80 or something. The second visit is the most expensive. I think it was $130 – you meet the doctor and he goes over your history with you. Every time after that is $65 I think. They let you pay a little at a time if you need to, too! You’re required to have an established relationship with a doctor (it was 4 months at first, but I think it’s 6 now) before they can refer you for cannabis, so at this point, you’re building that.

    After you’ve had a few visits, you fill out the state app & they send it in for you. Before bringing it in, you need to get a fingerprint/background check from a government agency and a recent passport photo. Pied Pfeifer refers you to Advanced Biometrics if you can’t find a place. I think that was $50, and the state app was $100. It was a few months ago, so I can’t remember exact prices! Aaaand after that, just keep going every couple months to keep the relationship going! He can prescribe any meds you need, too.

  5. yea,good intentions was my first attempt,but good intentions in chicago,has gone under there like 3 months behind on rent,I would pass on them I found out the hard way,but thank you for the info,

  6. How much did Pied Pfeifer in Orland Park charge you?….in other words what was the total damage before applying with the state.

  7. yep,I’m a qualified patiant under state rules,and I’m on obama care,I can’t find a doctor anywhere that will sighn off on any of there qualifying patiants for med-bud,u gotta have a doctor in your pocket book to sighn off for you,the state program has a way too go yet,that’s reasons for such low numbers sighning up,

  8. yea,when are they gona allowing qualified patiants with past felony convictions qualify,

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