In this quick guide, we are going to tell you all you need to know about getting a medical marijuana card in the state of Illinois.
Here’s All You Need to Know.
As a Resident of Illinois, What is the process?
The state of Illinois is no stranger to Medical Cannabis, and unlike other states, activists and specific politicians are always pushing the topic forward, trying to turn the state into a recreational one.
Please note, a new House Bill 2353 and Senate Bill 316 has recently been proposed, which will allow adults to purchase cannabis and allow the state to establish a system to tax and regulate production and sales. It would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess, grow, and purchase limited amounts of marijuana. The state would license and regulate businesses to cultivate, process, test, and sell marijuana to adults. In regards to quantity, the proposed bill will allow residents to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis from a licensed store. Non-residents will be permitted to acquire up to half-ounce. For more information read Illinois’ taxing and regulating bill summary.
Until the bill is approved, only those that suffer from specific conditions can purchase medical cannabis with the help of a medical marijuana card.
The steps to obtain an MMJ Card are as follows:
1) The first step is to be diagnosed by a doctor as having a condition that requires medical cannabis. Please note that not all conditions are eligible. Your physician will need to provide documentation indicating you’ve been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition or a terminal illness for which medical marijuana is recommended as treatment.
All physicians by law are required to completed the Physician Written Certification Form and mail it from the physician’s office to the Department’s Division of Medical Cannabis. The certification must be received within 90 days of your application and must show an in-person visit date within the last 90 days.
It is also best if you can obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your physician describing the diagnosis of your condition and attach them to the application.
Along with your recommendation, you will need to prove that you are a resident of Illinois. For this you can provide a copy of your state I.D., passport, or any other photo I.D.
All applications should be submitted to:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761-0001
2) The next step is to complete a fingerprint-based background check within 30 days of submitting your application and not have been convicted of an excluded offense (a felony under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Cannabis Control Act, or Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or similar provisions in a local ordinance or other jurisdiction), unless the Department waives such a conviction(s).
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If you have any further questions, you can also contact them directly at 1-855-636-3688 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
Are There Any Other Requirements?
- You cannot hold a school bus permit or Commercial Driver’s License; and
- You cannot be an active duty law enforcement officer, correctional officer, correctional probation officer, or firefighter.
- Your doctor must be licensed under the the Medical Practice Act of 1987, have a controlled substances license under Article III of Illinois Controlled Substances Act, be in good standing to practice medicine in Illinois, and have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the patient whose debilitating condition they are certifying.
Tip – Make sure your doctor’s handwriting is clear. Applications that are not clear could cause delays in processing.
What are the Costs Involved?
Patients are required to submit a Patient Application Form, along with an application fee in the amount of $100, or $50 for persons enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs, and veterans, to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
*All fees paid are non-refundable.
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How Long Will It take to Receive My Card?
Considering that all documents were submitted correctly, the department has up to 30 days to approve or deny your application.
What are the Conditions Required to receive a Medical Marijuana Card?
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.
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Arnold-Chiari malformation
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Crohn’s disease
- CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
- Fibrous Dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial cystitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- 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
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
What is the status of my application?
To find out the status of your request, you may email IDPH at [email protected]
How Do I Get a Renewal?
Unfortunately, card renewals cannot be done online. To renew your card, you are required to mail a letter with all your information 6–90 days before expiration. If your card expires and you have not extended it, you will be required to go through the new application process.
I’m From Out of State, How to I Buy Medical Marijuana?
It is important to understand that not all dispensaries will honor your out-of-state card and even if you have a valid Medical Marijuana Card.
Should you wish to apply for a medical marijuana card in Ohio but live out of state, the state may accept out-of-state registry I.D. cards, but this is determined by the Department of Public Health on a case by case situation.
If you already have a card from a different state, it is always best to contact your preferred dispensary to understand their exact requirements before heading over.
How much Medical Marijuana Can I purchase?
In the state of Ohio, current laws are as follows:
Qualified registered Illinois patients, may legally possess an “adequate” supply of medical marijuana. The state law defines an “adequate supply” specifically, as “2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days, derived solely from an intrastate source”.
Those who are caught with marijuana and are not in possession of a medical card, approved by the state, are risking jail time, imprisonment and felony, depending on the amount found when being questioned by authorities.
Can I Take My Meds to a Different State?
Medical marijuana patients may face federal and local charges of transporting marijuana if they cross state lines with the drug. This is true even if the states between which they are traveling allow medical marijuana. Should you need to travel with your marijuana it would be best to contact the state’s Bureau of health to understand the exact laws of the state you are traveling to in order to not risk breaking the law.
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Who Can Use Medical Marijuana?
Patients must be at least 18 years of age.
Can I use Medical Marijuana Anywhere?
It is important to remember marijuana consumption is illegal on a Federal Level. It is advised to consume your medicine responsibly according to the laws of the state.
How Much Should I Consume?
We are not doctors or physicians, and therefore you should always consult with a professional before using.
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