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Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois

Once you have registered and been approved, you will be sent a medical card. Once you have this, you can start shopping for your medicine from a licensed dispensary.

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  1. Register online & speak to an Illinois licensed physician.

  2. Get approved and instantly receive your doctor’s certificate.

  3. Log into the state website and submit your doctor’s certificate.

  4. Receive your medical card and shop in your registered Illinois dispensary. i

Your Online Doctor’s Consultation Includes

Quick & Convenient

  • 1, 2 or 3 Year Physician's Certificate

  • Speak to a Certified Illinois Physician

  • Instant .PDF Download

  • 24/7 Online Verification

  • HIPAA Compliant

  • Secure Payment

Qualifying Conditions

Common conditions cannabis recommended for include

  • Alzheimer's Disease (AD)
  • ALS
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation
  • Autism
  • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – Type I (CRPS I)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – Type II (CRPS II)
  • Dystonia
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-Patella Syndrome
  • Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Residual Limb Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Severe Fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Disease (Including but not limited to Arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity)
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Tourette Syndrome (TS)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Any terminal illness
  • Any condition where the physician believe medical cannabis may prove helpful

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Illinois State

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get an Illinois Medical Marijuana Card?

We have broken it down by every step:

 

BEFORE THE APPOINTMENT

 

  1. The patient must be a resident of the State of Illinois at the time of application and also remain a resident during participation in the Medical Cannabis Program. Patient must be at least 18 years of age at the time of certification/application.
  2. The patient must be diagnosed with a qualifying debilitating medical condition.
    Obtain a signed certification from a qualified physician where a relationship was established in-person at a physician’s office, hospital or other healthcare facility. (Unless under care at a Veteran Administration (VA) Facility, instead, 12 months of VA records must be submitted with application). You may now establish a relationship with a physician online as well.

 

AFTER THE APPOINTMENT

 

  1. Submit their Application and pay associated Application Fees (for Patient and/or Caregiver) for Patient Registry to receive Registry Identification Card.
  2. Patient must also list their preferred dispensary on their application form. The preferred dispensary can be changed 90 days after your initial selection, should the dispensary not sell the product you are seeking.
  3. Receive Provisional License, which is good for 90 days, the day after you submit an application to the state, and then receive your physical card anywhere from 1 to 2 months after submission. Those who complete their application form online with the Illinois Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program (MCPRP) can get a temporary medical marijuana card within 24 hours of their application.
How Do I Renew My Illinois Medical Marijuana Card?
  1. Register online & speak to an Illinois licensed physician.
  2. Get approved and instantly receive your doctor’s certificate.
  3. Log in to your state account and submit your doctor’s certificate
  4. Receive your new Medical Cannabis Card in 2-3 weeks and buy your medicine.

$149 recertification

Can I Get an Illinois Medical Marijuana Certificate Online?

Telehealth/telemedicine is available, and at the moment new patients can establish a relationship with a physician online. In the past, prior to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place, a relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person. This is no longer the case, although it may revert back to this state in the future. For now, you can easily get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell.

 

If you require the advice of a specialist or need certification for a minor, we can help get a medical marijuana certificate in such instances, too!

How old do I have to be to qualify for an Illinois MMJ Card?

You must be aged 18 years old or over in order to qualify for an Illinois MMJ card and physician's medical marijuana certificate. Caregivers must be 21 years old or over. Minors may apply for medical cannabis certification if they have a Caregiver. Minors need certifications for medical cannabis from two (2) physicians.

Which conditions qualify for medical cannabis in Illinois?

If you suffer from one or more of the following conditions, you may qualify for medical cannabis and a physician's MMJ certificate in Illinois:

Cancer
HIV/AIDS
Hepatitis C
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)
Crohn’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease
Cachexia or wasting syndrome
Muscular dystrophy
Fibromyalgia
Spinal cord disease (including arachnoiditis)
Tarlov cysts
Hydromyelia syringomyelia
Rheumatoid arthritis
Fibrous dysplasia
Spinal cord injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-concussion syndrome
Multiple sclerosis
Arnold-Chiari malformation and syringomyelia
Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA)
Parkinson’s disease
Tourette’s syndrome
Myoclonus
Dystonia
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Complex regional pain syndromes types I and II (CRPS I/CRPS II)
Neurofibromatosis
Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
Sjogren’s syndrome
Lupus
Interstitial cystitis
Myasthenia gravis
Hydrocephalus
Nail-patella syndrome
Residual limb pain
Autism
Peripheral neuropathy
Terminal illness
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

How much does an Illinois Medical Marijuana Certificate Cost?

It costs $100 for new patients who want an Illinois medical marijuana certificate for 2 years. $50 for veterans or those enrolled in a federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The application fee to register, payable to the state, is $200 for a 2-year Illinois medical marijuana recommendation.

 

For persons enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs, the state application costs are:

1 Year = $50

2 Years = $100

3 Years = $125

These costs are separate from the cost of the $149 physician's fee.

What is the Medical Cannabis Possession Limit in Illinois?

Illinois patients may possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis over a 14-day period. Patients may apply for a waiver in order to be allowed to possess more. 30 g recreational as of 01/01/2020 for residents of Illinois. Non-residents may possess up to 15 g.

 

Possession Limit (Concentrates): 500 mg of THC-infused products or 5 grams of concentrate for all Illinois residents, medical or not. 250 mg of THC-infused product or 2.5 grams of concentrate for non-Illinois residents as of 01/01/2020.

What identification & proof do I need for an Illinois MMJ card?

Valid ID from the state of Illinois. Driver’s licence, passport or state-produced ID card - patients must be a resident of Illinois.

 

A passport-sized and style photograph.

Proof of address - bank statement, utility bill dated within the last two months, correspondence with a state department.

Medical records. This can include hospital medical records, medication lists (or a photograph of all of your medications), doctor's notes/letters, imaging results (e.g. X-rays).

Veterans who receive health services from Veteran’s Administration (VA) Facilities are not required to obtain a written certification from a physician, but can instead submit 12 months of VA records along with their application.

Patients must enrol on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP).

 

Please note: Illinois is starting to phase out paper applications for renewals.

How long does it take to get an Illinois Medical Cannabis Card?

It can take up to 30 days to get a physical copy of your Illinois medical cannabis card, although it will usually be quicker than this. Those who fill out and send their application form online may get a temporary Illinois medical marijuana card within 24-hours. Illinois is phasing out paper medical marijuana card applications, and online registration is mandatory for renewals.

We recommend applying for an Illinois medical cannabis card online after your in-person visit with a Leafwell physician if possible. Those who apply with a paper application will not get a temporary medical cannabis card.

Can an Illinois patient legally grow medical cannabis?

It is legal for qualifying Illinois medical marijuana patients to grow up to 5 plants in their own household. This limit applies to the whole household, regardless of how many qualifying patients live there.

How does one become an Illinois Medical Cannabis Caregiver?

Patients under the age of 18 or those who are unable to manage the use of medical cannabis themselves may select a designated caregiver to assist with the patient’s use of medical cannabis. Minors will need certification from two (2) physicians. Patients under the age of 18 may have two designated caregivers, if both are parents or legal guardians with significant responsibilities for the patient.  Designated caregivers must be 21 years of age or older.

Caregivers must apply for a Registry ID Card online through the state of Illinois' online application portal or by completing and submitting a printed application available online, which is available here.

The application process and requirements for designated caregivers is similar to that of patients applying for a medical marijuana card for themselves.Registry ID Cards for designated caregivers are valid for 3 years and cost $75 if applied for at the same time as the patient and $100 if applied for separately.

A patient’s designated caregiver may purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis from a state-licensed dispensaries.  A patient and his or her designated caregiver are prohibited from purchasing (collectively) more than 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis during any two week period, unless they have a waiver stating otherwise.

Does Illinois have medical marijuana reciprocity?

No, Illinois medical cannabis dispensaries do not recognize other states' medical marijuana cards. However, other states may recognize an Illinois medical marijuana card. However, this does not necessarily mean that you can visit and purchase medical cannabis in other states' dispensaries. What it does give you is some protection from state law.

States that may recognize an Illinois medical marijuana card include:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas - a qualifying Illinois patient may apply for an Arkansas MMJ card
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Hawaii - out-of-state visiting patients may qualify
  • New Hampshire
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania - minors only
  • Rhode Island
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
Does insurance cover Illinois MMJ qualification?

As cannabis is a federally prohibited drug, insurance companies do not cover fees related to the qualification of medical marijuana.

Brief History of Illinois Medical Marijuana Laws

2013 - House Bill 1 (HB 1) is approved and signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn, entitled “The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act”. This established the right for patients and their appointed caregivers to be protected from arrest, prosecution or denial of any right or privilege. Provisions for cultivation centers and dispensaries are also outlined.

2014 - Department of Public Health released revised rules for the implementation of medical marijuana laws.

2014 - Governor Quinn signs Senate Bill 2636 (SB 2636), which allows for those aged under 18 to access non-smokable medical cannabis for all the same conditions those aged 18 or over can be recommended cannabis. Epilepsy is added to the list of qualifying conditions.

2016 - Senate Bill 10 (SB 10) extends the Illinois Pilot Program to 2020.

Patients with a valid medical marijuana card may possess 2.5 ounces of cannabis per 14-day period.

Home cultivation is prohibited.

State-licensed dispensaries are allowed, but none are operational as of yet.

Caregivers must be aged 21 or over, and may only serve one patient who is too sick to pick up their medication, and is homebound.

Cannabis is decriminalized in Illinois. Possession of 10 grams or less is a Civil Violation, and can bring with it a fine of up to $200. Possession of any more than 10 g and less than 30 is considered a misdemeanor and can bring with it prison time of up to one year and/or a $1,000 fine. Subsequent offenses bring a mandatory minimum sentence of at least one year, increasing if the possession amount is greater than 10 grams.

Sale or trafficking of less than 2.5 g of cannabis is a misdemeanor and can bring an incarceration period of 6 months and/or a fine of $1,500. Cultivation of 5 plants or less brings similar penalties, as does sale or distribution of paraphernalia.

Penalties for hash and concentrates are similar to those of dried cannabis flower.

Civil asset forfeiture is a possibility when charged.

2019/2020 - Cannabis is made legal in Illinois, and non-medical patients can now legally purchase their preferred meds & strains.

Medical Marijuana in Chicago, Illinois

You can get a medical marijuana card and physician's certificate online with Leafwell in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Leafwell MD Chicago
Address: 5780 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60632, USA

Telephone: (415) 287-5070

 

You needn't visit in order to qualify for a MMJ card. All you need is a device with an internet connection, microphone and camera (eg. smartphone, tablet, desktop, laptop), and you can speak to a physician via telehealth.

 

"Up to 295 stores could be in operation in Illinois by 2022, according to Marijuana Business Daily. But county and municipal governments will have the power to decide whether to allow sellers to operate in their area." https://www.illinoispolicy.org/what-you-need-to-know-about-marijuana-legalization-in-illinois/

 

You cannot consume cannabis in the following spaces:

 

Any public place, such as streets or parks

At a hospital
In any motor vehicle

Airports
On school grounds, with the exception of medical users

Private properties and landlords can still prohibit cannabis consumption on their own properties

Buses, trains, cars, trucks

Government buildings
Near someone under the age of 21 (with the exception of medical users over the age of 18)
Near an on-duty school bus driver, police officer, firefighter or corrections officer

 

Only medical cannabis patients may grow their own cannabis plants in Chicago or any other area of Illinois.

 

Products with less than 35% THC have a 10% sales tax or 25% sales tax for products over 35% THC, edibles a 20% sales tax, and municipalities and counties may add on more of their own local taxes. Having a valid card can help save on these taxes. There is a 7% gross receipts tax on the sale of marijuana from cultivators to dispensaries.

 

People convicted for possession of under 30 grams of marijuana prior to legalization (and no other violent crime) will have their records referred to the state’s Prisoner Review Board and then to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for a pardon.

 

Drivers with THC blood concentration of five nanograms or more per milliliter guilty of driving under the influence, regardless of whether the driver is impaired.

 

Companies may still fire workers under zero-tolerance policies.

 

Many suburbs have banned cannabis businesses within their boundaries, but they may not prohibit the possession or private use of marijuana.

Medical Marijuana in Justice, Illinois

You can get a medical marijuana card via telehealth in Justice, Illinois with the help of Leafwell MD.

 

Leafwell MD Justice
Address: 8008 W 84th St, Justice, IL 60458, USA

Phone: (415) 287-5073

 

You needn't visit us in-person to get a physician's certificate and MMJ card. You can qualify via our virtual clinic online.

 

"By declaring cannabis businesses essential, states have placed their stamp of approval on an industry that the more conservative insurance and banking industries have shied away from. Looking forward, it seems likely that this stamp of approval could help encourage insurers and banks to find a way to work with the industry.

 

Finally, separate from the issue of whether cannabis businesses are truly essential and thus worthy of protection, legislative or otherwise, COVID-19 has caused “predictable” policyholders and clients to experience unpredictable results. What was thought to be known is now unknown. Given this reality, the lack of data about and experience with cannabis businesses is no longer the outlier. Indeed, we may emerge from the pandemic with cannabis businesses experiencing a more predictable income stream and risk profile than many other types of businesses. In comparison to more traditional businesses that may be in a period of reinvention for some time, cannabis businesses could look more stable by comparison." Robin Dusek, https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/2020/05/23/cannabis-and-covid-19-pandemics-impact-on-legalization-and-legislation/

 

"Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill on Tuesday that makes Illinois the first state to legalize marijuana sales through the legislative process and the 11th state to allow recreational use of the drug. (Vermont’s legislature legalized recreational cannabis in 2018 but stopped short of approving its sale.) In contrast to their predecessors in other states, Illinois lawmakers created one of the most far-reaching legalization bills in the country. Unlike other states' legalization laws, Illinois' legislation explicitly seeks to make it easier for people of color to benefit from the booming marijuana industry.

'We are taking a major step forward to legalize adult use [of] cannabis and to celebrate the fact that Illinois is going to have the most equity-centric law in the nation,” Pritzker said during a press conference in May. “For the many individuals and families whose lives have been changed -- indeed hurt -- because the nation’s war on drugs discriminated against people of color, this day belongs to you.'" Candice Norwood, https://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/gov-illinois-marijuana-legalization-legislature.html

Medical Marijuana in Palos Heights, Illinois

You can get a medical marijuana card and physician's certificate online in Palos Heights, Illinois.

 

Leafwell MD Palos Heights

7300 W College Dr, Palos Heights, IL 60463, USA

(415) 287-5074

 

You needn't visit in-person, and you can speak to an IL qualified doctor via telehealth.

 

PLACES THAT WILL ALLOW RECREATIONAL POT DISPENSARIES WITHIN THEIR BORDERS:

 

Abingdon
Addison
Anna
Aurora
Bensenville
Berwyn
Bloomington
Buffalo Grove
Burbank
Calumet City
Canton
Carbondale
Carol Stream
Carpentersville
Champaign
Chicago
Chicago Ridge
Collinsville
Countryside
Crestwood
Crystal Lake
Danville
Darien
Deerfield
DeKalb
East Dundee
East Moline
East Peoria
Edwardsville
Effingham
Effingham County (unincorporated areas)
Elburn
Elmwood Park
Evanston
Evergreen Park
Ford Heights
Fox River Grove
Galesburg
Germantown Hills
Grandview
Harrisburg
Harristown
Harvard
Highwood
Hodgkins
Hoffman Estates
Homewood
Joliet
Kendall County (unincorporated areas)
Lombard
Marengo
McHenry
Metamora
Milan
Moline
Morris
Mount Vernon
Mundelein
Niles
Normal
North Aurora
North Chicago
North Riverside
Northbrook
Oak Forest
Oak Park
Oakbrook Terrace
Oregon
Orland Hills
Oswego
Ottawa
Palos Hills
Park City
Peoria
Peoria Heights
Pingree Grove
Posen
Princeton
Quincy
Richmond
Riverside
Rock Island
Rockford
Rolling Meadows
Romeoville
Round Lake Park
Schaumburg
Skokie
South Beloit
South Elgin
Springfield
St. Anne
St. Charles
Streamwood
Sycamore
Thornton
Urbana
Villa Park
Wadsworth
Warrenville
Washington
Wauconda
Waukegan
West Dundee
Westmont
Wheeling
Winfield
Winthrop Harbor
Woodstock
Worth
Zion

 

PLACES PROHIBITING RECREATIONAL POT DISPENSARIES:

 

Abingdon
Algonquin
Arlington Heights
Bannockburn
Barrington
Barrington Hills
Batavia
Berkeley
Bloomingdale
Bolingbrook
Burr Ridge
Campton Hills
Chatham
Clarendon Hills
Crest Hill
Decatur
Diamond
Downers Grove
DuPage County (unincorporated areas)
El Paso
Elmhurst
Eureka
Forest View
Forsyth
Frankfort
Geneseo
Glen Carbon
Glen Ellyn
Glencoe
Glenview
Grayslake
Grundy County (unincorporated areas)
Gurnee
Hainesville
Henry
Highland Park
Hinsdale
Homer Glen
Indian Head Park
Kane County (unincorporated areas)
Kaneville
Kankakee County (unincorporated areas)
Kenilworth
Kildeer
La Grange
La Grange Park
Lacon
Lake Bluff
Lake Forest
Lake Zurich
Libertyville
Lily Lake
Lincolnshire
Lincolnwood
Lisle
Lockport
Long Creek
Long Grove
Lyons
Madison County (unincorporated areas)
Marion
Mettawa
Minooka
Mokena
Momence
Monee
Morton
Murphysboro
Naperville
New Lenox
Newark
North Utica
Oak Brook
Oak Lawn
O'Fallon
Orland Park
Palos Heights
Park Ridge
Plainfield
Roselle
Sandwich
Stickney
Sugar Grove
Tower Lakes
Vernon Hills
Virgil
Wayne
West Chicago
Wheaton
Willow Springs
Wilmington
Wilmington
Winnetka
Woodford County (unincorporated areas)

 

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/selling-recreational-cannabis-in-illinois-is-your-town-in-or-out/

Medical Marijuana in Homewood, Illinois

You can get a medical marijuana card and physician's MMJ certificate online from Leafwell if you are from Homewood, Illinois. In fact, regardless of where you are in Illinois, you can get a medical cannabis certificate and identity card online via telehealth.

 

Recreational sales are very popular in Homewood, and even people from Indiana cross the border to visit the dispensaries! Having a valid card can save you significant amounts of money.

 

Leafwell MD Homewood
1131 175th St, Homewood, IL 60430, USA

(415) 287-5071

Most Popular Medical Marijuana Strains in Illinois

Here are some of Illinois' most popular cannabis strains:

 

  1. Holy Grail - Indica
  2. DJ Short's Flo - Hybrid
  3. Gorilla Glue #4 (GG4) - Indica-dominant hybrid
  4. Durban Poison - Sativa
  5. Super Lemon Haze - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  6. Blue Cheese - Indica-dominant hybrid
  7. Blue Dream - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  8. Sour Diesel - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  9. Gelato - Hybrid
  10. Jet Fuel aka G6 - Sativa-dominant hybrid
  11. Lime Sorbet - Indica-dominant hybrid
  12. Cherry Hashplant - Indica