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Illinois Medical Marijuana Application

Fee schedule update for the Illinois medical cannabis program

The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP) has experienced some very positive changes since the signing of SB10 in August. The renewal period for the medical cannabis cards was changed from annually to every 3 years. This would mean that renewing patients whose cards expire in October, 2016, would pay $200 for a 2 year extension. Caregivers would pay $50 for a 2 year extension. New patients would have to pay $300 in advance for the 3 year card. There was no option for a 1 or 2 year renewal. Since many medical cannabis patients are on disability or are unable to work, the upfront cost of renewal was considered unreasonable by many.

Patients, who were rightfully upset, were encouraged to make their voices heard by contacting the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). In response to numerous patients’ complaints, on September 6, 2016, a meeting of the Joint Committee for Administrative Rules (JCAR) was called to address their concerns. JCAR is a bipartisan legislative oversight committee. They amended the Emergency Rules filed by the IDPH. Patients were very happy when the following new fee schedule was implemented.

For renewing patients whose current cards expire in October, 2016:
1. One year renewal is $100
2. Two year renewal is $200

For caregivers whose current cards expire in October, 2016:
1. One year renewal is $25
2. Two year renewal is $50

For veterans or persons with SSI or SSDI:
1. One year renewal is $50
2. Two year renewal is $100

If you choose to pay the fee for only one year, you may renew one additional time.

Further information for renewing patients:
You DO NOT need to see your physician
You DO NOT need to be fingerprinted
You DO NOT need a new picture, unless your appearance has changed drastically

Any patient who may have paid a full application fee during their initial application may be eligible for the reduced fee if they can provide proof of receiving SSI or SSDI. They must attach to their Extension Form a “Benefit Verification Letter” from the Social Security Administration. It must be dated within the past year. It must contain your name, address and type of benefits you receive. Access this letter by using My Social Security Account online at http://www.ssa.gov/my account or call 1-800-772-1233.

Renewing patients on SSI or SSDI must also submit a “Benefit Verification Letter” when applying for an extension.

For new patients who are applying to the program:
1. One year renewal is $100
2. Two year renewal is $200
3. Three year renewal is $250

For new patients who are veterans, on SSI or SSDI:
1. One year renewal is $50
2. Two year renewal is $100
3. Three year renewal is $125

For caregivers of new patients who are applying to the program:
1. One year renewal is $25
2. Two year renewal is $50
3. Three year renewal is $75

The patient rolls are growing and these changes will give many more Illinoisans affordable access to the program.

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