Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois

Illinois has loosened some of its more restrictive legislation regarding cannabis in recent years. As of January 1 2020, cannabis will be legal in Illinois. At the moment, cannabis is decriminalized in Illinois and available for medical use only. Patients and primary caregivers cannot cultivate their own cannabis, and a maximum of 2.5 ounces (70g) of usable cannabis can be bought from a intrastate source (i.e. a dispensary) over a period of 14 days.

Recreational use and possession can lead to a civil infraction and fine of up to $200 for amounts of 10g, and higher fines and/or prison for larger amounts. For anyone looking to come to California who’s in need of a Medical Marijuana Card, book an appointment and have a chat with Leafwell online.

Here’s a guide to getting a medical marijuana card in Illinois …



Telehealth/telemedicine available. However, relationship must first be established between patient and physician in-person.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over.

How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?

Up to 45 days.


$100 for new patients. $50 for veterans or those enrolled in a federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

2.5 ounces over a 14-day period.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Cancer
  • 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)


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 18 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.

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