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Illinois State Governing Body Information

  • Illinois Medical Cannabis: Pilot Program
  • Cannabis Laws: “General Provisions for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Act

2018 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update


After being prohibited in 1931 as part of a national trend, Illinois passed the Cannabis Control Act in 1978, which allowed for medical marijuana. Medical cannabis in the Prairie State never became an actuality because IL Dept. of Human Services and the Illinois State Police never took proper action, and marijuana remained illegal within the state for some time.

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was passed in 2013. This Act legalized the use of cannabis medicinally in controlled circumstances. Like other states with medical cannabis, Ilinois requires a physician’s prescription and a state issued Medical Marijuana ID card. There are thirty specific medical conditions ranging from cancer to chronic pain that are legally allowed to be treated using cannabis, and more can be added by the state as time goes on. Applications for patients, cultivators, and dispensaries began being approved by Illinois in 2014. Patients are licensed under the Dept. of Public Health, while dispensaries wishing to sell medical cannabis in Illinois must put in an application with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act seeks to protect people that require the use of medical cannabis from legal consequences, so the Act also includes provisions for possession. Illinois medical marijuana patients are allowed to hold “an adequate supply” of 5 ounces of usable cannabis per month. While recreational use is still illegal, Illinois reduced punishment for less than 10 grams of cannabis to a small monetary fine instead of a misdemeanor in 2016.

2017 Marijuana Packaging Laws Update


The medical cannabis labeling and packaging guidelines for Illinois follow similar standards to other states in that they require lists of ingredients and allergens like in other food products. In fact, the medical cannabis product guidelines are modeled after food packaging and labeling regulations, with the added texts and warnings that the product contains cannabis. Since the medical marijuana program in Illinois is still in its infancy, these rules and regulations are always evolving, so it’s important to check in with the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program for those wishing to sell or manufacture medical marijuana products in the state.

Current Illinois marijuana packaging and labeling regulations include:

“ (3) All items shall be individually wrapped at the original point of preparation. The packaging of the medical cannabis infused product shall conform to the labeling requirements of the Illinois Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and shall include the following information on each product offered for sale or distribution:

(A) the name and address of the registered cultivation center where the item was manufactured;

(B) the common or usual name of the item;

(C) all ingredients of the item, including any colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives, listed in descending order by the predominance of weight shown with common or usual names;

(D) the following phrase: “This product was produced in a medical cannabis cultivation center not subject to public health inspection that may also process common food allergens.”;

(E) allergen labeling as specified in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act, Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, and the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act;

(F) the pre-mixed total weight (in ounces or grams) of usable cannabis in the package;

(G) a warning that the item is a medical cannabis infused product and not a food must be distinctly and clearly legible on the front of the package;

(H) a clearly legible warning emphasizing that the product contains medical cannabis and is intended for consumption by registered qualifying patients only; and

(I) date of manufacture and “use by date”. ”

All text taken from the General Provisions for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Act.

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