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Draft Rules for Medical Marijuana Prioritize Doctor/Patient Relationship
Posted on: 1/24/2014

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released proposed regulations regarding Illinois' newly passed medical marijuana law. These draft rules begin to paint a clearer picture of how the system would work between doctors and patients.

For physicians: A physician must have an ongoing "bona-fide physician-patient" relationship with the patient and must determine that the patient has one of the serious or chronic conditions that may be helped by the use of medical marijuana. A physician may at his or her discretion certify the patient to obtain a medical marijuana purchase card from IDPH.

For patients: In order to qualify the patient must be at least 18 years old and an Illinois resident; have a qualifying medical condition; undergo a "fingerprint" background check (funded by the patient); and pay $150 each year for the special identification card.

Further administrative rules are still under development, and medical marijuana dispensing won't begin for at least several months. For more information, view the ISMS medical legal guideline, Medical Marijuana.  

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