Illinios cultivation center and dispensary information
This site is devoted to the business and law of medical cannabis in Illinois. We provide clear and accurate information about cultivation centers, dispensaries, and the ancillary businesses that support them. We also cover issues for patients, physicians, legal professionals, private businesses, financial investors, workers, and the general public.
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act
Effective January 1, 2014, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act will have profound economic effects in Illinois because it:
- Allows cannabis to be used by registered patients with “debilitating medical conditions.”
- Establishes procedures for licensed Illinois physicians to prescribe cannabis to patients who have these conditions. Licensed Illinois physicians are the only professionals who may legally prescribe cannabis medicine.
- Creates an entirely intrastate industry anchored by two new types of businesses:
- Up to 21 cultivation centers for growing cannabis. Cultivation centers are the only facilities that will obtain the rights not only to grow cannabis plants but also to manufacture medicinal cannabis products that can be consumed without smoking. These include pills, lozenges, ointments, serums, tinctures, and edible baked goods such as cookies and brownies.
- Up to 60 dispensaries for selling cannabis products to registered patients and their caregivers.
- Establishes rules governing the ways and places registered patients may legally use cannabis. The law restricts cannabis use in most public places but allows exceptions in health care facilities. The law also amends Illinois’ Vehicle Code to make medical cannabis use while driving a punishable crime.
- Enables private businesses to protect themselves from legal liability for accidents caused by employees and customers impaired by marijuana’s psychoactive effects.
- Is merely a 4-year “pilot-program,” which means the market could later expand if the initial venture proves successful.
Economic Opportunity for Central and Southern Illinois
Cultivation centers and dispensaries offer exciting prospects for entrepreneurs, skilled workers, and products and services providers. The law requires cultivation centers to be geographically distributed so that no district of the Illinois State Police contains more than one. This means, for example, that State Police District 18, which contains Macoupin, Montgomery, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun Counties, can support one and only one cultivation center. Likewise, Cook County– despite its comparatively mammoth population– can support one and only one cultivation center. The spatial requirement for dispensaries is that they be dispersed so that all patients have “reasonable proximity and access” to one.
By requiring facilities to disperse evenly across the state, the law ensures people in Central and Southern Illinois can participate in pioneering this exciting new enterprise. And the effects will be significant. For example, cultivation centers and dispensaries may tap into local communities to fulfill their needs for:
- Architects, engineers, facility and design planners
- Cultivators, horticulturalists, and others with agriculture and farm business managements expertise
- Laboratory and quality control technicians
- Accountants, investors, and others with financial backgrounds
- Security services
- Cannabis plant monitoring system (CPMS) software solutions
- Inventory and product tracking solutions
- Lab, kitchen, and grow room equipment and maintenance
- Packaging solutions
- Research and development resources
- Management staff
- Business consultants, lawyers
- General contractors and labor
- Lobbying, public relations, and communications agencies
For a more comprehensive overview of the law, see this book, authored by the manager of this website: Illinois Medical Marijuana Law: A Practical Guide for Everyone
Contact Vallerius Group for help navigating business opportunities in medical cannabis
This website is managed by Vallerius Group LLC, a specialized consulting agency providing strategic planning and solutions to prospective cultivation centers and dispensaries. Our centralized location in South Central Illinois allows us to provide efficient service to Charleston, Effingham, Springfield, Macomb, Danville, Quincy, Peoria, Mt. Vernon, Carbondale, Marion, Decatur, Edwardsville, Alton, Collinsville, Belleville, and Metro East St. Louis. Contact Vallerius Group at (480)-382-5537.