TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER u: MISCELLANEOUS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
PART 946 COMPASSIONATE USE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS PILOT PROGRAM
SECTION 946.600 REGISTRATION FOR THE OPIOID ALTERNATIVE PILOT PROGRAM


 

Section 946.600  Registration for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program

 

a)         The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program shall be limited to participation by Illinois residents age 21 and older.

 

b)         A patient who has been issued a written physician certification in accordance with Section 946.620 and who seeks to use medical cannabis under the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program shall register with the Department online.

 

c)         To qualify for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program, a patient shall:

 

1)         Be a resident of the State of Illinois, as defined in subsection (d), at the time of application and remain a resident during participation in the program;

 

2)         Have a signed, written certification meeting the requirements of Section 946.620; and

 

3)         Pay a co-payment of $10 for the initial 90-day registration for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program and a co-payment of $10 for each subsequent registration period.

 

d)         Residency. For purposes of this Part, the patient shall be a resident of the State of Illinois if the individual:

 

1)         Physically resides in the State of Illinois at the time of registration and throughout the enrollment period.

 

2)         Provides proof of Illinois residency by submitting a color copy of a valid, unexpired Illinois Driver's License, Illinois Temporary Visitor Driver's License, or other State identification card issued by the Illinois Secretary of State in the name of the applicant in accordance with the Illinois Identification Card Act and one of the following items:

 

A)        Pay stub or electronic deposit receipt, issued less than 60 days prior to the application date, that shows evidence of the applicant's withholding for State income tax;

 

B)        Valid voter registration card with an address in Illinois;

 

C)        Current military identification card;

 

D)        Bank statement (dated less than 90 days prior to application) or cancelled bank check or deposit slip showing the patient's full name and address, or credit card statement (dated less than 60 days prior to application);

 

E)        Deed/title, mortgage or rental/lease agreement, property tax bill;

 

F)         Insurance policy (current coverage for automobile, homeowner's, health or medical, or renter's);

 

G)        Medical claim or statement of benefits (from a hospital or health clinic or private insurance company or public (government) agency, dated less than 12 months prior to application);

 

H)        Tuition invoice/official mail from college or university, dated less than the 12 months prior to application;

 

I)         Utility bill, including, but not limited to, those for electric, water, refuse, telephone land-line, cellular phone, cable or gas, issued less than 60 days prior to application; or

 

J)         W-2 form from the most recent tax year.

 

3)         The address on the documentation provided shall match the address on the application.

 

e)         To register with the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program, a patient shall submit a completed electronic application to the Department, which shall include, at a minimum, the following items:

 

1)         Written certification for the use of medical cannabis, meeting the requirements of this Part, issued by a physician who meets the requirements set forth in the Act and the Medical Practice Act of 1987 and dated less than 30 days prior to the registration;

 

2)         Valid, unexpired Illinois Driver's License, Illinois Temporary Visitor Driver's License, or other State identification card issued by the Illinois Secretary of State in the name of the applicant in accordance with the Illinois Identification Card Act;

 

3)         Proof of Illinois residency of the qualifying patient, as specified in subsection (d);

 

4)         Photograph of the patient as follows:

 

A)        Current digital passport-size photograph, taken no more than 30 calendar days before the submission of the application;

 

B)        Taken against a plain, light-colored background or backdrop;

 

C)        At least 2 inches by 2 inches in size;

 

D)        In natural color; and

 

E)        That provides an unobstructed front view of the full face. A full-faced photograph must be taken without any obstruction of the applicant's facial features or any items covering any portion of the face.  Prescription glasses and religious head coverings not covering any areas of the open face will be allowed. Head coverings for persons diagnosed and undergoing treatment for cancer are allowed;

 

5)         Designation of the medical cannabis dispensing organization where the patient will receive his or her medical cannabis.  Only one medical cannabis dispensing organization may be selected during each 90-day registration for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program; and

 

6)         Payment of a registration co-payment of $10 for the initial registration in the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.

 

f)         An Opioid Alternative Pilot Program participant shall not be registered as a medical cannabis cardholder. (Section 62 of the Act)

 

g)         A patient enrolled in the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program who submits an application to the Department for a medical cannabis registry identification card shall cease to be registered with the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program immediately upon submission of the application and associated fee.

 

h)         Opioid Alternative Pilot Program participants shall notify the Department of changes in the participant's name or address.

 

(Source:  Added at 43 Ill. Reg. 5012, effective April 17, 2019)