The number of people applying to use medical marijuana in Illinois exceeds 6000, but for some patients, it was too early to go for this Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
However, the state officials revealed on Wednesday that applications of only 12 percent of the individuals—800 out of 6,300—were complete.
The statewide project coordinator for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, Bob Morgan, said that the initiative was meant to provide the direly-needed relief to the patients suffering from a number deteriorating medical conditions. He further added that application processing will continue so that, as the medical cannabis starts functioning, the patients as well as caregivers will have access to it.
The patients are required to attach the documents, such as background check information and a doctor certification form with the application. The officials at Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) say that notification about incomplete applications will be made via mail to the concerned individuals and they will have 21 days to submit the required documents.
The state officials said that the potential candidates for this facility are most commonly suffering from multiple sclerosis, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord injuries and cancer.
It has been two weeks since the IDPH staff initiated the process of sending approval and denial letters. An approval letter was also sent to Jim Champion who is the first person seeking relief under this pilot program. He will be treated for the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
An Army veteran, 48, told the Sun-Times that it was shocking and exciting to find that the medical relief agenda was being implemented so quickly.
The dispensaries have yet not been established in the state. However, the approved patient will soon be issued medical marijuana registry cards. Meanwhile, the officials are of the view that the service will be made available to the people in early 2015 when it will be over a year into this 4-year program.
October 31st has been set as the last date for the submission of applications for those patients whose names start with A-L, and they also quality for the relief program. The remaining patients—last names beginning with M-Z—will be allowed to apply from November 1st through December 31st, 2014. For open enrollment, starting from January 1st, 2015, there will be no consideration of last name.