TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER u: MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
PART 946 COMPASSIONATE USE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENT REGISTRY
SECTION 946.25 TERMINAL ILLNESS


 

Section 946.25  Terminal Illness

 

An individual who submits an application for a registry identification card as someone who is terminally ill as defined in Section 946.10 shall have all fees and fingerprinting requirements waived. (Section 60(c-10) of the Act)

 

a)         A qualifying patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness shall register with the Department on forms and in a manner prescribed by the Department.

 

b)         To qualify for a registry identification card, a qualifying patient with a diagnosis of terminal illness shall:

 

1)         Be a resident of the State of Illinois at the time of application and remain a resident during participation in the program.

 

2)         Meet the definition of terminal illness in Section 946.10.

 

3)         Have a signed, written attestation specifying that the qualifying patient has a terminal illness, on a form provided by the Department, submitted by a physician who meets the requirements set forth in the Act, along with an application for a registry identification card.

 

4)         Complete an application on a form provided by the Department and submit a copy of his or her Illinois driver's license, Temporary Visitor's Driver's License or state identification card.  If the individual does not have an Illinois driver's license or state identification card, a color copy of a current passport will be accepted.

 

5)         Provide a current digital passport-sized photograph meeting the criteria specified in Section 946.200(b)(6).

 

c)         A veteran or spouse of a veteran who is receiving care for a debilitating condition at a VA hospital, as specified in Section 946.240, shall sign a written attestation indicating they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and shall submit one year of official VA hospital medical records from the VA using VA Form 10-5345 and provide a copy of his or her DD214 indicating character and dates of service.

 

d)         A qualifying patient under the age of 18 diagnosed with a terminal illness will not be required to obtain a written certification from a reviewing physician.

 

e)         A patient with a terminal illness may specify a designated caregiver.  A qualifying patient under age 18 may have two designated caregivers as described in Section 946.201(c).

 

f)         A qualifying patient shall not possess a school bus permit or a Commercial Driver's License. (Section 30 of the Act).  Persons who possess such licenses should revoke them prior to submitting an application for a medical cannabis registry identification card.

 

g)         Applications submitted by an applicant diagnosed with a terminal illness shall be approved or denied within 14 business days, not including State holidays, of the submission of their complete application. (Section 60(c-10) of the Act)  The time period for approval or denial will not include the time necessary for the Secretary of State verification process to be completed or the printing, mailing and receipt of the registry identification card by the patient.

 

h)         Persons whose diagnosis is no longer terminal after a period of six months and their designated caregiver, may submit an application for a registry identification card in accordance with Section 946.200 or Section 946.201 and pay all applicable fees specified in Section 946.210.

 

(Source:  Added at 40 Ill. Reg. 16753, effective December 15, 2016)