On August 28, 2018, Illinois enacted changes to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (“Act”). Public Act 100-1114 created the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP). Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) indicates opioid deaths in Illinois increased 13 percent from 2016 to 2017. The long-term goal of this program is to reduce opioid deaths.
Qualifying patients for OAPP must be at least 21 years old and be a resident of Illinois.
Licensed physicians must certify the qualifying patients has a medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed based on generally accepted standards of care.
Registered patients are eligible to purchase 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis every 14 days.
Physician certifications are valid for 90 days but can be renewed to allow patients to continue accessing medical cannabis.
Heartland CannAssist has put together a slide presentation to help you go through this process.