CBD Legal States Policy

Medical Cannabis Policy State by State: Illinois

What is the legal status of cannabis in Illinois?

On January 1, 2014, Illinois passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.  In Illinois, recognized patients with any of the debilitating conditions listed below can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana on a biweekly basis.  They are not allowed to grow their own plants however.  The laws here were passed in 2013 and are currently being expanded, because minors are not included in present iterations of them.  Caregivers may aid no more than one patient with the acquisition and administration of their medicine.

The permitted use of Cannabis in this state includes any and all CBD-Dominant Products derived from hemp: any cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC by weight.  Products made from imported hemp, rather than marijuana, are 100% legal in all 50 states, because hemp never has more than trace amounts of THC, but is generally rich in CBD and other cannabinoids.

Furthermore, in 2014 Illinois passed a law making room for the growth and research of Hemp by the state government and state universities.  The findings of this research will factor into legislation pertaining to the medical availability of marijuana that the state undertakes in the coming years.

Eligible Conditions:

  • ALS,
  • Alzheimer’s disease,
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation,
  • cachexia/Wasting syndrome,
  • cancer,
  • causalgia,
  • chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy,
  • Crohn’s disease,
  • CRPS I & II,
  • dystonia,
  • fibrous dysplasia,
  • glaucoma,
  • hepatitis C,
  • hydrocephalus,
  • hydromyelia,
  • interstitial cystitis,
  • lupus,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • muscular dystrophy,
  • myasthenia gravis,
  • myoclonus,
  • nail-patella syndrome,
  • neurofibromatosis,
  • Parkinson’s disease,
  • PTSD,
  • reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD),
  • residual limb pain,
  • rheumatoid arthritis (RA),
  • seizures (including those characteristic of epilepsy),
  • severe fibromyalgia,
  • Sjogren’s syndrome, 
  • spinal cord disease (including arachnoiditis),
  • spinal cord injury,
  • spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA),
  • syringomyelia,
  • Tarlov cysts,
  • Tourette’s syndrome,
  • traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome,
  • any terminal illness with a diagnosis of 6 months or less.