Illinois – like 32 other states and the District of Columbia – has legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes. Illinois residents that have one of the qualifying illnesses, and a patient card are able to purchase a limited amount of marijuana from a licensed dispensary according to state law. Cannabis is still illegal on a federal level and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. However, the position of the Federal government in recent years has been to not interfere in state-legalized cannabis markets. In 2014 the U.S. Senate passed a spending bill blocking the Department of Justice from spending money on prosecuting state-compliant medical marijuana businesses and patients.