Since the state of Illinois passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act in 2013, Illinois individuals diagnosed with qualifying medical illnesses designated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as treatable with medicinal marijuana have been authorized to purchase cannabis lawfully.
The statute established the state’s Medical Cannabis Patient Program (MCPP), which details the application procedure for a medical card. Due to the various steps involved the process can be puzzling, but the Sanctuary is here to help you navigate it.
The first step in obtaining a medical marijuana card in Illinois is to create an account and register with the Illinois Cannabis Tracking System(ICTS). Make sure to pick “MCPP Patient Registration” when doing so.
To be eligible for a medical marijuana identification card in Illinois, individuals must be diagnosed with at least one of the state’s debilitating medical conditions.
Those qualifying conditions include:
Even if your condition isn’t on the state’s list, you may still be qualified for a medical card. If you want to try to get your ailment added to Illinois’ list, IDPH has a petition for that.
The next step is to find and complete the MCPP application on the IDPH website. To access the application, click on this link.
A healthcare practitioner certified in the state of Illinois must confirm your qualifying condition before you apply for a registration card.
To begin, make an appointment with your primary care physician or the specialist who is presently caring for you. Because the MCPP does not keep a registry of registered medical marijuana doctors, you should discuss medical cannabis therapy with any doctors you visit on a regular basis. If you want to conduct your consultation virtually, you can make a telemedicine appointment.
After you’ve arranged your appointment, print a blank copy of MCPP’s certification form and bring it with you so your doctor may sign it. If they sign the form, it will be mailed to the MCPP by your healthcare provider.
You can apply for a medicinal cannabis registry card once you’ve been certified. However, you must first collect the following documents:
If you’re mailing your application, it must be sent to this address:
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 West Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761
Note that the state may request additional medical records to supplement your application materials.
After gathering the necessary papers, you must complete your Application for Registry Identification Card for Qualifying Patients on the MCPP’s website. You can find instructions for completing and submitting this application here.
You must establish an account if you do not already have one for the application site.
You must wait for the state to process and approve your patient application after submitting it. While this processing might take up to 30 days to complete, keep in mind that that number can fluctuate depending on the circumstances of your application.
The MCPP will discontinue distributing traditional plastic cards to new and existing patients on June 22, 2021. Illinois MMJ cards are now accessible for download or printing in Illinois residents’ medicinal cannabis accounts.
You will be allowed to buy marijuana at any licensed Illinois dispensary after you have received your card. Medical marijuana cards in Illinois are good for one, two, or three years, depending on the option you choose during the application process.
If you need assistance applying for your Illinois medical marijuana card, The Sanctuary Wellness Institute is here to help. We link qualified Illinois patients with credentialed physicians who can certify potential medicinal marijuana patients.
Contact us today to find out how we can assist you in obtaining an Illinois medical cannabis card.