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Seven Facts About the Illinois Medical Marijuana Industry

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The Illinois medical marijuana law will allow for a considerable amount of medical conditions to qualify for medical marijuana, but only a few handfuls of dispensaries will be operating throughout the state. Below are a few facts about the medical marijuana industry.

1. There will be no more than 60 licensed dispensaries throughout Illinois.

2. There will be 22 cultivation sites, one in each state police district.

3. Although there are already many qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana, the Department of Public Health may add new qualifying conditions as it sees fit. (Full list of qualifying conditions below.)

4. Patients can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana every two weeks.

5. Patients will be taxed at 1 percent when purchasing medical marijuana.

6. Illinois’ medical marijuana bill goes into effect January 1, but it could take several months for state officials to allow dispensaries to open.

7. Cultivators and dispensaries will be taxed at 7 percent.

Qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana (as listed in Illinois House Bill 1):

human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
hepatitis C
severe fibromyalgia
spinal cord disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Crohn’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease
cachexia/wasting syndrome
muscular dystrophy
Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia
Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
Myasthenia Gravis
nail-patella syndrome
residual limb pain
Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Sjogren’s syndrome
Interstitial Cystitis