Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Medical Marijuana in IllinoisMedical Marijuana in Illinois

Are you interested in getting medical marijuana in Illinois? The talented team of doctors here at Calm Effect are here to help guide you through every single step of the process.

Keep reading to learn the CalmEffect difference and how to get your medical card in Illinois.

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Want to get your medical cannabis prescription quickly and efficiently? Our 3 step process allows you to get in contact with a doctor near you fast.

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If you are in a medical marijuana state, and suffer from a condition that can be treated with cannabis, inquire with our Doctor's for a consultation today!

Illinois - Qualifying Conditions:

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

Qualifying patients must be diagnosed with a debilitating condition, as defined in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, to be eligible for a medical cannabis registry identification card in Illinois.  Read further down the page for minor qualifying conditions.

  • Autism
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neuro-Bechet’s autoimmune disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative colitis

Connect with Our Doctors in Illinois

With a growing roster of doctors who can prescribe Medical Marijuana in Illinois, Calm Effect is ready to help. Learn how you can get your medical card in Illinois by filling out the form on this page.

Our 3-Step Doctor Process Works

By following these steps, if your doctor recommends medical marijuana in Illinois as a solution for your condition and unique symptoms, you'll be eligible for a Illinois medical marijuana card with access to our growing roster of dispensaries across the entire state. Mail-order and walk ins are available.

Where to Buy Marijuana in Illinois

Visit our Marijuana Dispensary Locations Page for Illinois to find out where you can access your meds.

Minor Qualifying Patient Application - Medical Marijuana Conditions for Illinois

Families may choose a one-year, two-year card, or three-year Medical Cannabis Registry Card for a minor with a debilitating condition. One caregiver is included at no charge in the application for a minor.  A second caregiver may be added by completing a caregiver application and submitting a $75.00 fee.  Please see the fees page for more information on the cost of applying for a card.

Minor qualifying patients do not need to submit a photo.

health care professional certification is required as well as a reviewing health care professional certification.

A designated caregiver shall be specified for a minor qualifying patient:

  • A qualifying patient under 18 years of age may identify two designated caregivers if both biological parents or two legal guardians have significant decision-making responsibilities over the qualifying patient; or
  • If only one biological parent or legal guardian has significant decision-making responsibilities for the qualifying patient under 18 years of age, then a second designated caregiver may be identified.

Qualifying patients who turn 18 years of age during the time period in which their registry identification card is valid may apply for an adult registry identification card immediately or during the normal renewal period.  Until that time, the registry identification card shall be subject to the conditions applicable to the registered qualifying patient under age 18.

Designated caregivers of registered qualifying patients under 18 years of age may only purchase medical cannabis-infused products from registered dispensing organizations; other types of medical cannabis products are not allowed.

Ashley’s Law – Ensuring Access to Medical Cannabis for Registered Patients Under Age 18

For more information about Ashley’s Law please refer to the Illinois State Board of Education website.

Stay Updated with CalmEffect, Illinois!

1/12/21 - Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to change medical cannabis rules.

1/7/21 - Illinois regulators are accepting petitions to accept new medical cannabis qualifying conditions until the end of the month.

Also, Will County, Illinois officials moved to expunge more than 1,600 marijuana records.

1/5/21 - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced that retailers in the state sold more than $1 billion worth of legal marijuana products in 2020—and that doesn’t even include still-pending medical cannabis numbers for December.

Also, Illinois lawmakers are reportedly working on lame-duck legislation to create more marijuana dispensary licenses and amend cannabis rules.

1/1/21 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) issued more than 9,000 more marijuana pardons and announced that nearly half a million cannabis arrest records have been expunged.

12/30/20 - The Illinois State Police are expected to make an announcement soon about marijuana records that must be identified for expungement by Friday.

12/2/20 - Several Illinois municipalities and counties will enact higher marijuana taxes on January 1.

11/16/20 - Chicago, Illinois's mayor cancelled layoffs for 350 city employees because legal marijuana revenues have "gone through the roof."

11/4/20 - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced that marijuana retailers have sold more than half a billion dollars worth of legal recreational cannabis products since  the beginning of the year, and that October also saw a new monthly sales record.

10/15/20 - The Illinois Department of Revenue announced that the state has generated more than $100 million in marijuana tax revenue since legal recreational cannabis sales launched earlier this year.  “Thanks to those who have carefully overseen this brand-new industry’s successful launch in Illinois, revenue is flowing to local governments, to drug treatment programs and law enforcement, and being reinvested in our communities hit hardest by the failed policies of the past."

10/8/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) announced that he plans another round of pardons for people with past marijuana convictions as part of a broader criminal justice reform plan that also calls for “decriminalizing minor non-violent offenses” and “a public health approach” to drugs.  “Through the law legalizing cannabis, Governor Pritzker has already pardoned over 11,000 individuals for low-level cannabis offenses, and more are expected over the coming months. Through these pardons, thousands of families are no longer prohibited from having access to human services, financial aid for school, professional licensing, jobs, and housing.”

10/6/20 - Illinois again saw record-breaking marijuana sales in September, with more than 1.4 million recreational cannabis products sold during the month, worth a total of more than $67.6 million. Nearly $18 million of that was purchased by out-of-state residents.

9/30/20 - A former Chicago, Illinois mayor cited his efforts to decriminalize marijuana in a blog post about ending the school-to-prison pipeline.

9/28/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) received a letter from attorneys representing successful marijuana social equity business license applicants who are concerned that a revised process could make it less likely they will be able to open their businesses.

9/24/20 - A lawsuit challenging Illinois regulators' marijuana business licensing approval process is being dropped after unsuccessful applicants got a chance to rework their proposals.

9/23/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) held a press conference to discuss issues with the state's marijuana business licensing process.

9/22/20 - Illinois Gov, J.B. Pritzker (D) announced that unsuccessful marijuana business license applicants will be able to review their scores and revise their applications before regulators hold a tie-breaker lottery.

9/16/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said there's been no date set for a marijuana business licensing tiebreaking lottery and that he's focused on "fairness" and getting "equitable results." Regulators said they are continuing to "review questions" that have been raised about the process.

9/15/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) appointed members to the Adult Use Cannabis Health Advisory Committee.

9/11/20 - Illinois regulators stopped responding to requests for marijuana dispensary license application scorecards as greater scrutiny is being placed on the process.

9/9/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said he is open to changes to the state's marijuana legalization law to better ensure equity in the cannabis industry.

9/4/20 - The Social Equity Empowerment Network is a new organization pushing for a diverse cannabis industry in Illinois.

9/2/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) touted the legalization of marijuana as one of his administration's top achievements.

8/7/20 - Illinois regulators reported that the state took in $14 million in recreational marijuana revenue in July.

8/6/20 - The Cannabis Business Association of Illinois is pressing Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) to use marijuana tax revenue to reimburse social equity business applicants who have experienced delays in processing their proposals. 

8/4/20 - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation reported that marijuana retailers shattered monthly sales records in July with nearly 1.3 million cannabis products sold, worth about $61 million. Out-of-state visitors alone accounted for $16.2 million of that.  Also, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) tweeted, "My colleagues on the Congressional #CannabisCaucus and I were also able to include an amendment that protects individuals who engage in the state-sanctioned use, production, and dispensing of cannabis to those over age 21 from prosecution by the Department of Justice."

7/27/20 - Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said in a Senate floor speech that "one of the great injustices for our times was overly harsh drug laws. It was a measure passed in the 1980s and 1990s that disproportionately harmed people and communities of color."

7/23/20 - President Trump included the Drug Enforcement Administration in a list of agencies he is sending to Chicago as part of a “surge” of federal law enforcement.

7/21/20 - The Cook County, Illinois state's attorney tweeted, "Poor communities & people of color have long been disproportionately impacted by the failed war on drugs. The progress we're seeing across the nation is vital to right the wrongs of the past & must be part of our work for a more equitable justice system." 

7/15/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) announced that the state brought in $52 million in marijuana tax revenue in the first six months of legal sales.  "Since January, over $239 million has been spent on recreational cannabis in Illinois translating to $52 million in tax revenue, and a portion of every dollar spent will be reinvested in communities that have suffered from decades of disinvestment."

7/8/20 - The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation announced that the state's marijuana businesses had their biggest month of legal sales yet in June. Retailers sold $47.6 million worth of recreational cannabis products last month, with $12.4 million of that being bought by out-of-state residents. 

7/7/20 - Illinois regulators adopted a rule clarifying that marijuana-infused foods must be taxed at the 6.25% general merchandise rate instead of the 1% rate that applies to most groceries.

5/25/20 - The Illinois Senate approved bills amending marijuana regulations.

5/22/20 - The Illinois Senate Executive Committee held a hearing on a bill to revise marijuana regulations.

5/21/20 - The Illinois legislature's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules reviewed proposed rules on cannabis legalization and social equity.

5/5/20 - Illinois regulators reported that retailers sold more than $37 million in recreational marijuana products in April.

4/22/20 - Illinois regulators awarded another license permitting an existing medical cannabis dispensary to begin recreational marijuana sales at a second location. 

4/20/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) said the state moved to address racial disparities in marijuana law enforcement by enacting legalization.

4/10/20 - Naperville, Illinois's mayor is threatening to censure a City Council member who made character attacks on two other lawmakers over their support for allowing marijuana businesses to operate. 

4/6/20 - Illinois regulators published updated data about the state's medical cannabis program.

4/2/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) issued an executive order extending deadlines for marijuana craft grower, infuser and transporter licenses to April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

4/1/20 - Illinois regulators extended curbside medical cannabis sales through April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

3/31/20 - An Illinois representative is pushing to legalize marijuana delivery services amid the coronavirus pandemic.

3/30/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed an executive order extending the deadline to submit marijuana infuser, craft grower and transporter businesses licenses by a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

3/23/20 - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's (D) coronavirus stay-at-home order declares marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities to be essential businesses.

3/18/20 - Illinois regulators are allowing dispensaries to do curbside sales of medical cannabis.

3/9/20 - Illinois regulators launched a public education campaign about the effects of marijuana and the details of the state's legalization law.

2/10/20 - Illinois regulators are allowing marijuana businesses to stay open longer to serve medical cannabis patients.

1/20/20 - Here's a look at where members of the Illinois congressional delegation stand on marijuana.

On Jan 1, 2020 Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal in Illinois

Recreational Marijuana in Illinois

The first licenses to sell pot have been awarded to the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries, businesses that are all white-owned. African American aldermen pushed for a delay, but it ultimately passed through city council.

"I think may of the people who took the position that they did opposing starting on Jan 1, didn't really understand the bill,” Pritzker said. " They didn't read it completely or didn't understand all the provisions that are really focused on social equity. If you delay the Jan. 1 start, you actually delay the social equity provisions of the bill.”

Revenue generated from the first dispensaries to will fund low-interest loans to help minorities businesses get off the ground.  READ MORE

1/1/20 -  Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) pardoned more than 11,000 people for past marijuana records—on the eve of legal recreational cannabis sales beginning in the state.

"These 11,017 misdemeanor convictions represent individuals who have carried around with them a stain on their records for possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis – a stain that has very often prevented them from obtaining housing or jobs or benefits."

December 23, 2019


SPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has now approved all 21 cultivation centers to grow cannabis for adult use. The department has approved the three outstanding cultivating licenses authorized under state law.  READ MORE

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Announces Eighth Round of “Same Site” Licenses for Adult-Use Cannabis

December 31, 2019

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced 11 more “Same Site” adult-use cannabis licenses, which will allow an existing medical cannabis dispensary to obtain an adult-use dispensing license, and the first “Secondary Site” adult-use cannabis license, which will allow an existing medical cannabis dispensary to obtain an adult-use dispensing organization license within a limited geographic area.  This license will permit the dispensary to begin adult-use cannabis sales at that location starting

January 1, 2020

Provided the dispensary complies with local zoning rules or other local laws.  These recent approvals raise the total number of approved adult-use cannabis dispensary licenses
to 46.  In addition to opening adult-use dispensaries at the same site of their medical cannabis dispensaries, existing medical cannabis dispensaries are permitted under the law to open a second site for adult-use sales at a different location. In the coming months, new applicants, including social equity applicants, will have the opportunity to apply for an additional seventy-five adult-use cannabis licenses. Social equity applicants are eligible for additional points on their application and for technical assistance, low-interest loans, and fee reductions. More information about applying as a social equity applicant can be found here.  The medical dispensaries who received early approval adult-use licenses are:
Greenhouse Group, 2400 W. US Route 6, Morris, IL 60450 and NuMed Chicago, 1308 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

Medical Marijuana in Illinois

January 1, 2020 - Adult-Use Legal

As of January 1, 2020, adult consumption, possession, and sales are legal in the State of Illinois! It can be consumed at entities with an on-premises consumption license as well as on private property, subject to the discretion of the property owner. Public consumption is illegal. This includes streets, parks, and areas adjacent to licensed stores. It is illegal to consume in any vehicle (moving or not) and operating a vehicle under the influence is illegal. It can be transported in a vehicle but during transportation cannot be accessible by any occupant of the vehicle and must be in a child-resistant container. Product purchased in Illinois cannot be transported to another state.

Medical Marijuana in Illinois
Medical Marijuana in Illinois: No tickets for Marijuana as Sole Offense

12/20/19 - The Chicago Police Department issued a new edict to officers Thursday instructing them to not issue citations to people whose “sole violation” is using marijuana on porches, patios, balconies or in backyards.

Adult recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1. A caveat of the law stipulates that pot use in “any public place” is still prohibited.  The new directive comes two weeks after the CPD said people could still be ticketed for using marijuana in backyards or on porches or balconies visible to the public when the drug is legalized.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot and interim CPD Supt. Charlie Beck subsequently issued a statement that said the department “recognizes that an individual using cannabis in their own backyard or balcony poses no direct threat to public safety, and no resident should be arrested or ticketed solely for such a scenario.”

Firearms and Legal Adult-Use

The Illinois State Police issued a statement saying it "will not revoke Firearm’s Owner’s Identification Cards based solely on a person’s legal use of adult-use cannabis."  Read More.

Illinois Police Will Not Revoke Firearm’s Cards

If you are ready to start your journey with Medical Marijuana in Illinois, we are here to help you.
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Illinois Medical Marijuana Doctors: Our Service Areas

Our roster of Medical Cannabis Doctors are ready to serve you in these areas and more. Once connecting with a Doctor through Calm Effect, you will have access to our roster of medical marijuana dispensary locations:


  • Chicago


  • Springfield

Our informed Advisors can connect you with a Doctor and the Medical Marijuana Dispensary closest to you. Go Natural with Alternative Natural Medicine.

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Cresco Labs announced the opening of its first five Sunnyside* dispensaries in Illinois as of the beginning of recreational marijuana sales in the state on January 1, 2020.

Thank you again to our thousands of supporters, clients, and business partners.  Together we will make certain that more people are made aware of this life-changing natural option for symptom relief.

We are dedicated to helping you find your way to a better life with natural alternative medicine.  We are confident you will be happy you took the first step to the possibility of a symptom-free life.  Now is your time.