Authored by an Illinois attorney, this book is essential reading for anyone curious about working or investing in Illinois' medical cannabis industry. The complicated new law is organized and explained here in a way that is easy to understand. For people who are just beginning their own research, this book is the ideal place to start. You'll also find answers for patients and physicians.
Enacted Aug. 1, 2013, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act affects everyone from Cairo to Rockford. For patients it means cheap, effective relief. For local businesses and workers it means a jolt of fresh economic prospects and the opportunity to pioneer an exciting new enterprise.
The book is organized into the following chapters and sections:
Introduction: Highlights of Illinois’ medical cannabis law • Changing attitudes about cannabis as medicine • New economic opportunities • New risks for private businesses and employers • Why this book is for you
Regulation of the Medical Cannabis Industry: Adopting regulations • Becoming a cultivation center or dispensary • Four-year pilot program • IL Department of Agriculture • IL Department of Financial and Professional Regulation • IL Department of Public Health • Illinois State Police
Cultivation Centers: Functions of a cultivation center • One in every State Police District • Location restrictions • Security • Growing operations • Infused products and edibles • Laboratory testing • Packaging, labeling, and inventory • Employees • Principal officers and board members • Applying to become a cultivation center • Ongoing legal compliance
Dispensaries: Functions of a dispensary • 60 dispensaries, reasonably dispersed • Market constraints • Location restrictions • Security • Products and services for sale • Interacting with patients and caregivers • Employees • Principal officers and board members • Applying to become a dispensary • Ongoing legal compliance
Physicians and Health Care: Physician requirements • “Debilitating medical conditions” • Physician’s written certification • Physician’s standard of conduct • Legal immunities • Physician’s conflict of interest rules • Cannabis use at health care facilities
Becoming a Patient or Caregiver: Debilitating medical conditions • Obtaining a physician’s written certification • Caregivers • Applying for a registry identification card • Grounds for denial • Using the registry identification card • Protection of confidential information
Using Medical Cannabis Legally: • Terms related to cannabis use • Rules of possessing medical cannabis • Rules of using medical cannabis • Traffic safety • Cannabis in the workplace • Active duty officers and transportation workers • Freedom from discrimination • Immunities and presumptions
Protections for Businesses, Landlords & Universities: • Employers • Landlords • Private businesses and places open to the public • Universities