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    Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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Illinois Opioid Alternative Program

Relief is here.

Opioids are addictive. Thankfully they’re no longer your only option for pain management. If you’re seeking an alternative to opioids, patients who have a current prescription for an opioid or would otherwise be prescribed an opioid can now choose to seek relief with medical cannabis and are eligible to apply for a 90-day medical cannabis card. Verilife can help guide you through the application process so you can start truly living.

Every 11 Minutes

Someone in America dies from an opioid overdose.* Cannabis is a positive alternative.

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*Hedegaard H, Miniño AM, Warner M. Drug overdose deaths in the United States, 1999–2017. NCHS Data Brief, no 329. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018.

Opioid dependence can happen in just 5 days
Everyday 130 Americans die after overdosing on opioids
No one has ever died from a cannabis overdose

How it works:

If you have a current prescription for an opioid, or you could be prescribed an opioid-based on generally accepted standards of care you could qualify for medical cannabis. To begin you must:

  • Be 21 or older
  • Have an in-person visit with your physician (who is registered with the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP)

After your in-person visit, your physician will need to submit information to the Illinois Department of Health about your qualification for enrollment and your diagnosis. Once your physician has submitted the necessary information to the state you are ready to enroll in OAPP.

Registration for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program can only be completed online.
  • Valid email address
  • IL Drivers Licence or State ID (Cannot be a Commercial Driver's License or School Bus Permit)
  • Electronic proof of address documentation
  • An electronic passport style photograph
  • Designate Verilife as your dispensary
  • Credit or debit card for $10 co-payment for each 90-day registration

Once your physician completes your online certification and you submit your online application with your co-pay you will receive an auto-generated email with a 90-day OAPP medical cannabis card. This will provide you with immediate access to visit Verilife and make a purchase.

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If after 90 days you still qualify for the OAPP you will need to re-enroll.

What you need to re-enroll in the program:

  • In-person office visit with your physician
  • New physician certification submitted online by your doctor that is registered with the Illinois Department of Health Opioid Alternative Pilot Program
  • Updated registration and $10 co-payment
Frequently Asked Questions

Once your physician submits your patient certification and you complete your online application you will receive an auto-generated email with a 90-day OAPP medical cannabis card. This will provide you with immediate access to visit Verilife.

You should always have an open and honest conversation with your physician. If your doctor does not wish to register and participate, ask him or her for a referral of a physician that is registered to participate.

Our Call Center is available Monday-Friday 8am-4:30 pm CST to assist. Assistance is also available through state certified local health departments.

No. You will receive an email with your OAPP card that you can take to Verilife  and make a purchase.

No. You can only participate in one program. Patients with a qualifying debilitating condition may choose to enroll in the traditional MCPP.

There are no separate provisions for the Opioid Alternative program for Veterans. We encourage you to establish a relationship with a registered physician to be able to submit an application. Federal physicians are not able to participate.

Click here to register for the Illinois Opioid Alternative Program.

Have Questions? We've Got Answers.

No matter your level of comfort or knowledge of medical cannabis, we can help answer your questions. Our friendly patient care representatives are happy to talk.

Our hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST



This website contains medical cannabis information and is restricted to individuals 21 years of age or older. Please confirm your age and state:

  • IL
  • MA
  • MD

Did you know that most medical marijuana information is state-specific? We have dispensaries in each of the above states, along with state-specific resources for patients. For the best experience, please select a state.