Central Illinois Medical Cannabis Demand Not Yet Lighting Up

Feb 3, 2016

Credit Illinois Department of Public Health

There is not yet a lot of demand for medical marijuana in central Illinois.

The latest report from the Illinois Department of Public Health shows 58 applications for Cannabis in Peoria County and 48 in McLean County. Tazewell County has had 51 applications since September of 2014 and Champaign County has had 32 people complete the application and pay a 100 dollar annual fee.

Illinois is continuing to approve patients to use medical marijuana, with about 400 more approval letters sent in January. The Illinois Department of Public Health says it has approved 4,400 patients for the pilot program. That includes 32 children. The pace of approvals is about the same as December.

Marijuana industry players are watching the numbers closely as they push for more outreach to doctors, who have been reluctant to approve patients. Qualifying patients pay an annual fee of $100 for a marijuana card and need a doctor's written certification.

The health department says about 5,700 people have submitted complete applications, including those approved, those pending and 635 denials.