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Why Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois?
Medical and recreational marijuana use is legal in Illinois. Some people may question why someone might need a medical marijuana card in a state where marijuana can be bought for recreational consumption. Well, there are many reasons, including higher possession limits, a lower age requirement, and priority service.
Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act in June 2019, which made Illinois the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use in the USA. Starting January 1, 2020, Illinois marijuana enthusiasts over age 21 have been allowed to legally shop for and purchase cannabis products from the state’s licensed medical marijuana dispensaries.
Medical marijuana dispensaries have been operating in Illinois since January 1, 2014, following guidelines set down by the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act signed by Governor Pat Quinn in 2013, making Illinois the 20th state in the country to legalize medical marijuana.
Despite their state going recreational, 142,253 Illinoisans opt to carry a medical marijuana card. Is the decision to go medical in an adult recreational state based only on the ease of securing a medical marijuana card from the comfort of your own home?
Or does an Illinois medical cannabis recommendation come with added value?
Yes, but only if the patient considers lower age requirements (18 versus 21), exemptions from recreational marijuana excise taxes, higher possession and purchase limits, wider access to a greater range of cannabis products, priority service over recreational users, discounts at some dispensaries and the freedom to grow medicine at home to be added values.
Parents are able to secure medical marijuana cards for children who will benefit from medical cannabis products, access to medicine that would otherwise be denied.
Another added value to an Illinois Medical Marijuana card is that its medical cannabis certification is valid in at least 14 jurisdictions throughout the country. States recognizing out-of-state cannabis certification, known as reciprocity, are:
- Alaska ^
- Arkansas *
- California ^
- Colorado ^
- Hawaii *
- Oklahoma *
- Oregon ^
- Rhode Island
- Washington ^
- District of Columbia
States marked * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application.
States marked ^ have adult use programs in place so do not require out of state cards.
Obtaining an Illinois medical marijuana card is easy online; you can do it right now.
Securing your doctor’s certificate and Illinois medical marijuana card through a medical cannabis advocacy site like Leafwell is streamlined and failsafe.
Qualifying for your Illinois Medical Marijuana card through Leafwell is a simple three step process:
- Set up a Leafwell account using a valid email address. You’ll fill out a brief questionnaire of personal and health information and upload an ID photo. You’ll need a smartphone, computer or tablet with a reliable Internet connection and a working camera.
- A text message will alert you to join a video chat with a Leafwell provider for your virtual doctor’s visit. The doctor will assess your health situation to determine if you qualify for a medical cannabis
- If you’re approved for a medical marijuana card, you will receive a recommendation letter via email. The recommendation letter allows you to complete your application on the Illinois Medical Marijuana website.
Leafwell’s medical cannabis professionals are on call from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days a week. Or set an appointment. A certified Illinois physician will speak to you at a time that is convenient to you.
Don’t take our word for it. Leafwell testimonials:
Emily M. of Chicago, Illinois, found the Leafwell medical marijuana registration to be “an exceptional help in getting me set up with a med card. Speedy and affordable, thank you.”
Shortie B. of Rockford, Illinois, summarizes the Leafwell process: “Renewing a medical license can be done within five minutes, and the price was reasonable. I suggest taking advantage of their service.”
Chicago, Illinois’s Leroy J. testifies that using Leafwell’s telemedicine is, “Good stuff. Needed that rec, and they made it easy. Leafwell also had a pretty sweet website with some education on every state’s cannabis law. Definitely recommend them.”
Here’s what an Illinois Medical Marijuana card entitles you to.
Patient possession limits do apply for Illinois Medical Marijuana cardholders. According to marijuana lobbying organization NORML, medical marijuana cardholders in Illinois can purchase up to two and a half ounces of medicinal cannabis per two-week period.
Medical cannabis cardholders are entitled to 500 mg of THC-infused products or 5 grams of concentrate.
Do it yourself medical marijuana patients are free to home cultivate up to five flowering plants for use in treating one or more state approved qualifying conditions.
The list of qualifying conditions that can be responsibly treated with Illinois’s allotments of medical cannabis is long and inclusive.
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Anorexia nervosa
- “Any medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally accepted standards of care”
- Arnold Chiari malformation
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Chronic pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome type 2
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Fibrous dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail patella syndrome
- Neuro-Behcet’s autoimmune disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Post-traumatic stress
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Spinal cord disease
- Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
- Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
How much does an Illinois Medical Marijuana card cost? What documents do I need to apply?
An Illinois medical marijuana certificate on its own is $199 at Leafwell.
Recommendation certificates for minors are $299 through Leafwell.
State application fee is $100, $200 or $250 for a one-, two- or three-year registry card.
For persons enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs, the state application costs are:
One Year: $50
Two Years: $100
Three Years: $125
Illinois medical marijuana card renewal fee is $149.
New and renewing medical cannabis patients can register with confidence in Leafwell’s secure payment system.
Before you log into Leafwell to set up a registration appointment, make sure the following materials are on hand.
- A smart phone, computer, or tablet with a reliable Internet connection and a working camera.
- Photo ID, such as driver’s permit/license, state ID, or U.S. passport, establishing you are 18 years of age or older.
- Proof of address: utility bill, mortgage, rental lease, bank statement.
- Medical records (patient history, doctor’s notes, prescription information/history, imaging/scan results).
Medical marijuana caregivers in Illinois must be at least 21 years old and can serve no more than one patient.
A child in Illinois can qualify for a Medical Marijuana card with consent of parent or guardian.
Leafwell providers have a working understanding of advocating for parents seeking medical cannabis solutions to their children’s medical conditions.