How to Get an Illinois Medical Marijuana Card?
Before you apply to get an Illinois medical marijuana card, you need to get a Physician Written Certificate Form. Once you get a confirmation from licensed marijuana doctors, the application can go forward(to the state). Another aspect of an Illinois medical marijuana program is that you need to choose an MMJ dispensary from where you plan to get your medicine. This is a part of the application.
What you receive from us is a Physician Written Certificate Form which you can use to complete your application in the registry. Here’s how you can apply for a recommendation:
1. Register Online
Begin the process by registering on our HIPAA compliant platform and filling out a basic application form. This information will give our licensed medical marijuana doctors an insight into your medical condition. All information shared on the platform remains confidential.
2. Medical Evaluation
You’ll now be connected to one of our marijuana doctors via video or phone call for a medical evaluation. The physician will decide whether you qualify for medical cannabis or not. If you do not qualify, you will receive a complete refund.
3. Receive Your Recommendation
If you are qualified as per the state laws, our marijuana doctors will approve your application and submit your details to the Illinois Department of Public Health. You will also receive further instructions that you have to follow to complete your application with the state to receive your weed card.
4. Register With the State
Visit the state website, 24-48 hours after approval, and complete your application. Pay the state fee ($50 for 1 year, $100 for 2 years and $125 for 3 years). After state approval, you will receive a Provisional letter after 24-48 hours and the digital weed card within 45 days.
Note : Medical marijuana card is issued by the state and not Online Medical Card. The state fee is paid to the state and is separate from your doctor’s consultation fee. Online Medical Card collects your doctor’s consultation fee only. To save time, find answers to all your queries related to medical marijuana card registration here.
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Access Medical Marijuana in Illinois With Ease
In Illinois, cannabis has been legalized for adult use. This means that if you are an adult over the age of 21, you will be able to walk into a dispensary and buy cannabis. But as is the case with a majority of states, if you are a medical user, it is beneficial to hold a medical marijuana card.
If you are a nonresident of the state of Illinois over the age of 21 you can still buy up to half an ounce of cannabis
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act which started out as a pilot program has now been inducted into the legislation. This has legalized the cultivation, sale, possession, and manufacturing of medical cannabis and all related products by qualifying patients.
How to Become a Legal Illinois Medical Marijuana Patient?
If you are over the age of 21, you can easily get cannabis from any dispensary but if you are looking to get medical cannabis for your condition, the process is pretty straightforward:
First, check with your primary physician or licensed marijuana doctors and see if you qualify for a medical cannabis card. There is a pretty exhaustive list given above but if you want, you can check the official site as well.
Then you need your physician to fill out a physician-written certification that then needs to be submitted along with the application, ID information, and residency info.
Select between a 1, 2, or 3-year registry. Irrespective of what you select you still need to renew it every 12 months.
You will receive your weed card in about 90 days. Once approved, you also need to register with a medical dispensary to actually get their medication.
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Qualifying Medical Conditions in Illinois
At this current time, the qualifying conditions in Illinois stand as follows:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Anorexia nervosa
- Any medical condition for which an opioid would be traditionally prescribed by a physician
- Arnold Chiari malformation
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Chronic pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Fibrous dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail patella syndrome
- Neuro-Behcet’s autoimmune disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Spinal cord disease
- Spinocerebellar Ataxia
- Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Terminal illness
In addition to the long list of qualifying conditions, you must also be a resident of Illinois and 18 years or older. For minor patients, it’s necessary to have a registered and legal caregiver who is 21 years or older.
Benefits of an Illinois Medical Marijuana Card
A medical cannabis card can go a long way in helping you manage your medical condition. It’s also one way to enjoy the privileges that come along with being a registered medical marijuana patient in the state of Illinois. Here are a few of them:
Grow Cannabis at Home
You are only allowed to grow cannabis in the state of Illinois if you have a medical cannabis card. With one, you can grow up to 5 plants.
All your medication should come from a licensed dispensary that only allows patients with a legit medical weed card to make a purchase.
You get your medicine at a better price as the taxation structure is different for medical marijuana cardholders at dispensaries.
An MMJ card ensures that you not only gain access to a wide variety of cannabis products but also get ones that are properly lab-tested and ensured to be safe for medical use.
With a medical weed card, you are allowed to purchase and possess more cannabis than recreational users.
There is a separate stock that is reserved for medical users at all the dispensaries to ensure your treatment is carried out without interruptions.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions to give you some clarity.
Yes, it is legal for people to apply for an Illinois medical marijuana card online as use of Telemedicine is allowed for online 420 evaluations.
The possession limit for cannabis in Illinois is:
- At any given time you are allowed to possess up to 2.5oz of cannabis in a two-week period with the possession of a medical cannabis card.
- Cultivation of 5 plants is allowed with a medical card starting
All recreational users are allowed to possess half the amount as that of medical users.
Other rules to take care of are:
- Possession over the set limit is considered a Class A Misdemeanor, which can land you in jail for a year and a $2500 fine.
- If found in possession of more than 3.5oz of cannabis it is a Class 4 felony, resulting in a $25,000 fine and 1-3 years of jail time.
- The sale and trafficking of cannabis can send you to jail as it is a Class A or Class B misdemeanor depending on what the amount is. Under 10g is a year in jail and fines of $2,500.
Getting a renewal online is just as simple and easy as getting a new recommendation. You will receive a letter from the department 60-90 days before the expiration.
You have multiple options you can choose from to get your renewal. One of the most commonly used ones is an extension renewal which is an annual incremental option.
Yes, you can grow cannabis at home with a medical marijuana card in Illinois. The growing limit is capped at 5 plants irrespective of the number of people living in the house.
You can purchase cannabis from any medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois.