Medical Marijuana in Illinois
3 Steps to get an Illinois medical marijuana card and cannabis!
Getting an Illinois medical marijuana card is easy if you qualify.
Residents of Illinois who are 18 years of age and have one of the qualifying conditions can see a medical marijuana doctor. Then there's just a three step process:
- See a qualified medical marijuana doctor online
- Complete the state application and register with the state
- Visit a licensed dispensary
Fortunately, Illinois allows telemedicine appointments via your computer. Doctors that have been approved by the illinois can recommend/prescribe medical marijuana. You can obtain an appointment quickly using online/telemedicine appointments. Registering for a consultation is quick and easy and the telemedicine tool allows you to see the doctor from the comfort of your own home at a time that is convenient for you. Patients find that the consultation is a comfortable experience and much better than having to travel to visit a doctor in person. Typically the consultation can last from 15 to 30 minutes.
There are also options for medical patients under the age of 18 with their guardians.
How fast can I see a medical marijuana doctor?
That depends, the medical marijuana doctors in Illinois can see patients all over the state online. Many times there is a doctor available immediately, other times you will schedule a time that is convenient for both of you and then you'll visit the telehealth website during the appointment schedule time. The key is to register immediately so you can see the doctor for your evaluation appointment as soon as possible.
What do I need for a medical marijuana appointment in Illinois?
- Illinois state drivers license or state ID
- Medical records so you can share documentation of a covered condition
- Medical history. Be prepared to share information about your condition and the symptoms. Also, you'll want to review what else you've tried to alleviate symptoms and share your experiences with medical cannabis or other solutions.
What happens at the medical marijuana appointment?
You'll review your medical history with the physician. The doctor will want to know about your symptoms as well as the diagnosis so he/she can recommend a proper medical marijuana treatment. The doctor may provide you with a certain amount of medical marijuana education depending on your experience with cannabis. As mentioned above, sharing with the doctor any other information like any medicine you may have taken to alleviate symptoms and whether you had success.
What if I'm not approved for an Illinois Medical Marijuana Card?
Don't worry. If you don't qualify with one of our doctors for a medical card, you won't be charged! You'll get a full refund for the appointment.
How to register with the MCPP.
After your doctor appointment its time to register for your card on the Illinois MCPP site. The process is really easy.
- Be a resident of the State of Illinois at the time of application and remain a resident during participation in the program;
- Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition;
- Have a certification electronically submitted by a Health Care Professional for the use of medical cannabis;
- Not hold a school bus permit or Commercial Driver's License;
- Not be an active duty law enforcement officer, correctional officer, correctional probation officer or firefighter.
Exception: Veterans do not need to be certified by a registered ICTS health care professional if the following are met:
- Currently receive continuing health care at a federal Veteran's Administration (VA) facility;
- Provide medical records from the VA facility about treatment for their qualifying debilitating medical condition for the last year.
Shortly after your registration you'll receive a provisional letter that allows you to purchase for 90 days at Illinois dispensaries. Once your application is approved by the MCPP, you'll receive access to your digital medical marijuana card. Illinois no longer has a physical marijuana card.
How to purchase medical marijuana in Illinois
Once an Illinois resident medical marijuana patient has been approved and received their digital medical card (or has the 90 day provisional letter), they can visit a licensed dispensary to purchase the medical marijuana products. The dispensaries will verify the medical card as proof you are allowed to purchase.
Medical marijuana patients have to pay for their cannabis medicine with cash. Unfortunately, credit cards and other methods of payment are not accepted yet.
What types of cannabis products does an Illinois medical cannabis dispensary carry?
There are now many medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state. The CalmEffect medical marijuana dispensary locator has information about the dispensaries including discounts available. qualified patients.
Patients with a medical marijuana id card can purchase cannabis at the Illinois Dispensaries.
Like most industries there's now a mix of national dispensaries and dispensaries local to Illinois across the state. Currently, there are dispensaries now open in Mundelein, Chicago, Arlington and more!
Budtenders at the dispensaries will review your certified doctor's recommendation and then will review different products they have that might help with some of your symptoms like anxiety, chronic pain, and sleeping challenges. The dispensary reps are there to help you so feel free to share your cannabis experience and goals.
What types of cannabis medicine are available in Illinois?
- Flower (including 1/8ths, quarters, and ounces)
- Edibles (like candies and chocolate bars)
Is Medical Marijuana legal in Illinois?
Yes. And adult use/recreational is now legal in Illinois too! There are good reasons why you should have an Illinois medical marijuana card even thought recreational is legal. Some states feature one or more of the below:
- Less taxes on medical purchases
- Higher quantities
- Access to more products
Illinois - 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.
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Anorexia nervosa
- Arnold-Chiari malformation
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Fibrous Dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Neuro-Bechet’s autoimmune disease
- 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
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative colitis
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.
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.
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.
Minor qualifying patients do not need to submit a photo.
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.
On Jan 1, 2020 Recreational Marijuana Becomes Legal 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
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.
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