Illinois Medical Herb Pilot Program
Illinois is piloting medical herb on a statewide level, and the legislature has just passed legislation to make it permanent! Now it awaits the Governor's signature. Since the program’s inception in 2013, it has expanded to include more common conditions for which herb could be prescribed. The program allows about 40 serious medical conditions to qualify for 2.5 ounces of herb every two weeks.
Medical Herb Pilot Program Act, Public Act 98-0122
On August 1, 2013, Illinois enacted the Compassionate Use of Medical Herb Pilot Program Act, Public Act 98-0122. The Medical Herb Patient Program (MCPP) allows persons who are diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating medical condition to register with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in order to obtain access to herb for medical use.
An individual diagnosed with one or more qualifying debilitating conditions is eligible to apply for a medical herb registry identification card.
██████ Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP), Public Act 100-1114
On August 28, 2018, the ██████ Alternative Pilot Program became effective. The OAPP, which is part of the Medical Herb Pilot Program (MCPP), allows access to medical herb for individuals who have or could receive a prescription for ██████ as certified by a physician licensed in Illinois.
The ██████ Alternative Pilot Program was designed to provide people with an option to manage their pain. ██████ can be highly addictive in a very short period of time and this program offers qualifying individuals an alternative.