All registered qualifying patients must notify the Illinois Department of Public Health:
- Of changes in the patient’s name or address
- If the patient ceases to have the debilitating medical condition
- If the qualifying patient is deceased (the designated caregiver, if any, or a legal representative of the patient shall notify the Department)
- Of a change in the designated caregiver
- Of a change in the selected dispensary organization
- If the registry identification card is lost or stolen
- Upon conviction of any excluded offenses
Safely and Legally Storing Medical Cannabis
Patients are responsible for keeping their medical cannabis fully safe and secure. Medical cannabis can be an attractant to the curious and inquisitive, including children and young adults. Each patient is responsible for making sure that no one else has access to or uses his or her prescribed medical cannabis.
In the event, you suspect or learn that your medical cannabis has been stolen or misappropriated or is the subject of any illicit activity, contact your local law enforcement immediately.
To keep your medical cannabis secure:
- Store cannabis in its original tamper-evident container.
- Do not remove the label from the container.
- Keep it in a secure area, away from children.
- Consider using a third-party medical cannabis storage product.
Safely and Legally Possessing Medical Cannabis in Illinois
- It is illegal to possess or use cannabis if you do not have a debilitating medical condition and are not a registered qualifying patient or caregiver.
It is ILLEGAL to possess cannabis for any reason in any of the following places:
- In a school bus
- On the grounds of any preschool, primary or secondary school or in any correctional facility
- In a vehicle
- In a vehicle not open to the public unless the medical cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving
- In a private residence that is used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises
Safely and Legally Transporting Medical Cannabis
Medical cannabis must be secure, sealed, and inaccessible during transport. It is not legal to transport medical cannabis in a vehicle unless the medical cannabis is in a reasonably secured, sealed, tamper-evident container and reasonably inaccessible while the vehicle is moving.
Reckless Driving or Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis Is Illegal
It is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while under the influence of cannabis. Nothing in Illinois law prevents the arrest or prosecution of a registered qualifying patient for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of cannabis. Any registered qualifying patient who refuses a properly requested test related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis shall have his or her registry identification card revoked.
Safely and Legally Administering Medical Cannabis in a Permitted Place
The law prohibits smoking medical cannabis in any public place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others, in a healthcare facility, or any other place where smoking is prohibited under the Smoke-Free Illinois Act.
Public places do not include private residences unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care or other similar social service care on the premises. A public place does not include a healthcare facility. A healthcare facility includes, but is not limited to, hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care centers, and long-term care facilities.
Federal Laws on Cannabis
Cannabis remains a Controlled Substance under Federal Law. Thus, its possession and use are currently illegal under Federal Law.
Obtaining medical cannabis does not exempt a qualifying patient or caregiver from prosecution and penalties imposed by Federal law, including possessing, transporting, or using medical cannabis on any federal property. These properties include but are not limited to: federal buildings and courthouses, federal parks, federal highways, and federal military bases. It is your responsibility as a patient/caregiver to know the locations under federal jurisdiction.
Always seek the advice of your attorney before purchasing, possessing, or using cannabis and regarding the resulting risks and penalties that may be imposed by the federal government. The information and materials provided to you by Verilife should not be used as a substitute for the information and knowledge that your attorney should provide to you.