The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced today (August 25th, 2015) that they have accepted and filed the registration for the state’s first medical cannabis dispensary. The dispensary is called Harbory and will be located in the southern city of Marion.

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Harbory will be officially located at 8195 Express Drive in Marion, IL (Google Maps), and is the first of many cannabis dispensary applications to be approved by the state. Organizations must register with the IDFPR in order to legally acquire and sell medical cannabis, paraphernalia, and educational materials to qualified patients.

Here is a list of qualifying conditions for cannabis in Illinois:

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • Residual limp pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

The approved registration for Harbory comes over a year and a half after the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act went into effect on January 1st, 2014. The Illinois cannabis legislation requires medical dispensaries to source cannabis exclusively from the licensed growing facilities that have also received approval from the IDFPR. So far, no cultivation facilities have been officially registered, so there will still be a waiting period before patients can shop at the Marion dispensary.
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In addition to requiring dispensaries to file for legal business licensing, future dispensary employees must also undergo a separate approval process in which they must submit mandatory consent forms for background checks, fingerprint scans, and other security examinations.

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The IDFPR says they will be slowly approving more dispensaries and cultivation facilities in order to provide access to cannabis patients. Depending on the timeframe for licensing cultivation facilities, Illinois cannabis patients could be able to purchase medical cannabis later this year.

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