How to get a medical marijuana card in Illinois

How to Get An Illinois Medical Marijuana Card

  • Medical marijuana Cards in Illinois are available to qualifying patients 18 Years Of Age or older.

  • IL Marijuana Cards are only available to legal residents in the state of Illinois with proof of residency.

  • A certification signed by a doctor that stating that in the physician’s professional opinion the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition.

  • Medical marijuana patients in Illinois must have medical records showing a proof of diagnosis from 1 of the qualifying conditions.

For potential Ill medical marijuana patients we are now offering the service that makes it easy to connect with a certified recommending doctor. If you have a qualifying condition please fill out the MMJ patient registration form and we will have a physician or clinic representative contact you if available. Legal Illinois Residents Only.

Illinois Medical Marijuana Patient Registration

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The costs to obtain a Illinois Medical Marijuana Card is roughly $500 between the doctor visits and the state charges. Some doctors take most PPO commercial insurance (Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, and Medicare) – so whatever the co-pay is for a primary doctor visit. This can reduce out of pocket expense some. The average self pay doctor visit is around $175 and two trips are typically required to establish a patient relationship. The state charges $100, $200, or $250 for 1, 2, or 3 year applications. Every patient must pay this. Fingerprint card also requires. $65. Please understand the costs associated  are around $500 and be sure they are acceptable prior to completing this form. Thank you.

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Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Patient Program (MCPP), which finally began serving patients in early 2015 permits patients suffering from a list of qualifying conditions to purchase and consume medical marijuana products produced by state-licensed growers and sold in licensed dispensaries.

The IDPH began issuing provisional registration cards for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program on February 1, 2019, allowing access to medical cannabis while the patient’s application is being processed. The OAPP, is part of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP). It permits individuals who have or could receive a prescription for opioids to substitute medical marijuana to manage their pain.

In order to partake in either program, patients must be a resident of Illinois and will be required to obtain a written recommendation from a certified physician licensed to practice medicine in Illinois. In order to recommend medical marijuana, a physician must state that they have an ongoing relationship with the patient.

Under recent expansions, Veterans receiving care from the VA office are no longer required to obtain a physician’s certification.

Patients under the age of 18 may designate a caregiver to purchase and administer their medicine. However, only cannabis-infused products are permitted while smokeable forms of marijuana are prohibited for minors.

As of April 2019, more than 60,000 patients participate in the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program and Illinois Opioid Alternative Pilot Program and there are currently 55 Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries licensed by the state.

How Much Is The Cost Of Medical Marijuana VS. Recreational in Illinois?

An application fee must accompany your application. Fees are $100 for a card good for one year, or $200 for two years, or $250 for three years. For veterans and patients with disabilities applications fees are halved. The average price per doctor visit is around $175.

Recreational Marijuana prices in Illinois vary between dispensary.

In order to get your Illinois medical marijuana card, you’ll need to supply a passport-sized photo taken in front of a plain, white backdrop. If you do not have the means to print a proper photo some drug store chains such as Walmart offer walk-in passport photo service.

You’ll also have to provide two pieces of evidence of residency in the state. These can include utility bills, bank statements, state IDs, driver’s licenses and voter ID cards.

As of August 2018, patients with a prescription for opioids can apply for the medical marijuana program online with a doctor’s written certification. These patients will receive a temporary card, which they can present to a dispensary to buy medical cannabis while their applications are being processed.

Caregivers must also meet a set of qualifications and carry a medical cannabis registry card. In order to be a designated caregiver, you must be 21 or older and have no felony convictions. All caregivers are subject to a background check. Caregivers are allowed to serve only one patient at a time and are not allowed to charge for their services.

The Illinois Department of Public Health works with certified local health departments (LHD) to provide free assistance with completing applications for the Medical Cannabis Registry Program.

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