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Illinois Medical Marijuana Info for Doctors

Be truly informed.

As knowledge about the potential benefits of medical cannabis continues to evolve, more and more patients are beginning to inquire about the positive effects it can have on their lives. 

As a physician, you play an important role in helping your patients experience a better quality of life—and our team is ready to assist.

The Illinois Medical Cannabis Program requires physicians to be the gatekeepers who control access to medical cannabis. A physician must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed under the Medical Practice Act to practice medicine and must have a current controlled substances license under Article II of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. No other licensed professionals (including dentists) are allowed to certify a qualifying patient for medical cannabis use.

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Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.

Patients who have a current prescription for an opioid - or who would otherwise be prescribed an opioid - can now choose to seek relief with medical cannabis. Click below to learn more about the OAPP. 


The Physician-Patient Relationship

Physicians are not “prescribing” medical cannabis.

Instead, a physician is asked to certify that the patient has one of the debilitating medical conditions or symptoms of a qualifying condition, and that a bona-fide relationship has been established. 

A physician should be able to comfortably certify that the qualifying patient is under the physician’s care, either as the patient’s primary care physician, or for his or her debilitating medical condition.

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Physicians may accept payment from a qualifying patient for the fee associated with the examination required before recommending medical cannabis.
However, physicians may not accept any remuneration for making a medical cannabis certification, nor can they accept any remuneration from any dispensary for such a recommendation. See 410 ILCS 130/35.

Physicians are entitled to a “safe harbor” under Illinois state law.
The Medical Disciplinary Board may not discipline physicians for making a proper certification for medical cannabis to qualifying patients. See 410 ILCS 130/25(e).

Unlike other pharmaceuticals, physicians cannot “over prescribe” medical cannabis.
Physicians are not required to regulate dosage, strain or administration of medical cannabis. Under the law, qualifying patients are unable to procure unlimited amounts of medical cannabis.

For More Information Visit IDPH

This information is not a referral by a physician to a specific dispensary. This information is being provided by the dispensary for the education and support of the qualifying patient or designated caregiver. The choice of dispensary is the patient's alone. A dispensary may not accept referral of patients from a physician. Neither may a physician refer a qualifying patient to a dispensary.

Grow Your Understanding of Cannabis

As a medical professional, your mission is clear—to help your patients heal and feel better. That’s why it’s important for you to be familiar with the real benefits medical cannabis can have—and to be fully informed and comfortable recommending its use.

Verilife is devoted to disseminating the science behind medical cannabis. We’re here to guide patients and medical professionals along the way, to help them understand which products can be viable options, how to dose, and the potential effects and outcomes.

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