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Title Medical Cannabis Advisory Board 
Contact Name Laura Sherman Oderdorf 
Contact Title Chief, Division of Medical Cannabis, Department of Public Health 
Contact Phone 312.814.1903  
Contact Email  
Function 1) Review petitions received from residents of Illinois for the addition of debilitating medical conditions or diseases that would benefit from the medical use of cannabis. 2) Conduct a public hearing to review the petitions received. 3) Review conditions previously reviewed by the advisory board and accepted by the Department for the purposes of determining whether to recommend the revision of the list of debilitating medical conditions or to review new medical and scientific evidence pertaining to currently approved conditions. 4) Recommend the approval or denial of each petitioner’s request by submitting a written report to the Department within 60 days after conducting the public hearing. The written report shall include a medical justification for the recommendation based upon the individual or collective expertise of the members of the advisory board. The medical justification shall delineate between the findings of fact made by the advisory board and the scientific conclusions of evidence-based medical research. 
Term 4 years and until sucessor is appointed. Members may serve multiple terms.  
Senate Confirmation No 
Compensation Expenses 
Qualifications Members shall not have an affiliation with, serve on the board of, or have a business relationship with a registered cultivation center or a registered medical cannabis dispensary. 
Composition 16 members appointed by the Governor, including the following:
One medical cannabis patient advocate or designated caregiver; One parent or designated caregiver of a person under age 18 who is a qualified medical cannabis patient Two nurses or nurse practitioners who work with medical cannabis patients; Three registered qualifying patients, including one veteran;
Nine healthcare practitioners with current professional licensure in their field. One healthcare practitioner with expertise in and representing each of the following areas and at least two of the appointed healthcare practitioners shall have direct experience with the health care needs of veterans: A) Neurology; B) Pain management; C) Medical oncology; D) Psychiatry or mental health; E) Infectious disease; F) Family medicine; G) General primary care; H) Medical ethics;
and I) Pharmacy. 
Chair Elected by the board 
Authority 77 Ill. Admin. Code 946.30  

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Term Expires Member Since Appointed By Position County
Arevalo, Marissa  01/11/2019  03/23/2015  Governor  Member, One parent or designated caregiver of a person under age 18 who is a qualified medical cannabis patient  Peoria 
Bachmann, Paul  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, registered qualifying patient  None 
Champion, James  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, registered qualifying patient  None 
Christoff, Eric  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, General primary care  None 
Fine, Michael  01/11/2019  03/23/2015  Governor  Member, medical cannabis patient advocate  Cook 
Knaus, John  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, Medical oncology  None 
Leskovec, Jacqueline  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, nurse or nurse practitioner who works with medical cannabis patients  None 
McCurdy, David  01/11/2019  03/23/2015  Governor  Member, Medical Ethicist  DuPage 
Miller, Theresa  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, nurse or nurse practitioner who works with medical cannabis patients  None 
Parikh, Jyotin  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, Pharmacy  None 
Ramirez, Nestor  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, Pediatric Physician  None 
Temple, Leslie Mendoza  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, Family medicine  None 
VACANT      Governor  Member, Pain management  None 
VACANT      Governor  Member, Psychiatry or mental health  None 
VACANT      Governor  Member, registered qualifying patient  None 
Weathers, Allison  01/11/2019  01/11/2015  Governor  Member, Neurology  None 

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