Illinois has one of the country’s most stringent medical cannabis systems. When the state legalized recreational cannabis in 2019, it also revised the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to clarify the rights of cardholders in Illinois.
If you have one of the state’s 41 specified qualifying conditions, you can apply for a medical marijuana card. Illinois has simplified the application procedure so that you can apply, receive an immediate approval, and print your card.
In Illinois, there are approximately 50 licensed dispensaries that offer medical marijuana. There’s no denying that the potential benefits of medical marijuana treatment are compelling enough to warrant a medical consultation.
Illinois only distributes medical cannabis cards to those who meet certain criteria. Chronic pain, PTSD, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, cachexia, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, migraines, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and cancer are among the most frequent ailments reported by cardholders.
Any terminal illness with a life expectancy of less than six months qualifies you for a card. On its website, the Illinois Department of Public Health has a detailed list of the state’s qualifying conditions.
In 2019, Illinois amended its medical cannabis legislation to include an Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. You may be eligible for a medical marijuana registry card if you have or could have treated a medical condition with opioids.
Because Illinois doctors are not required to offer medicinal marijuana certifications, your primary care provider and the expert treating your disease may be unable to issue you a recommendation.
Qualified medical marijuana doctors are experts in cannabis use. They have the expertise to diagnose your debilitating medical condition(s), explain the possible advantages of marijuana, and answer any treatment-related questions you may have.
Cannabis certifications can be conferred in person or via telemedicine in Illinois. During your brief office visit or consultation, your provider will evaluate your case and inquire into your condition.
If they determine that you are eligible for medicinal marijuana treatment, they will grant you a certification. This form must then be submitted to the state and linked to your account in order to be submitted with your MMJ card application.
The Illinois Cannabis Tracking System is the sole way for the state to accept electronic applications. You must first create an account with a valid email address and then fill out all of the fields on the guided application. A driver’s license/state ID/voter ID, evidence of residency (such as a utility bill), medical records, and other documents may be required. Take your time and double-check your answers for accuracy.
Errors will cause your patient application to be delayed and your ability to treat your condition(s) with medical marijuana to be compromised. Applications are typically handled within one business day. If you are accepted, you will be given a digital card that you may print or display on your phone. Illinois no longer supplies physical identification cards.
The application cost is due to the state and must be paid through your patient account in the cannabis tracking system. Illinois issues one-year cards for $50, two-year cards for $100, and three-year cards for $150. The cost of designated caregiver cards is $25, $50, and $75, respectively.
The pricing schedule for qualified patients who want to designate numerous caregivers is available on the state’s website. Veterans and recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be eligible for reduced application fees.
Although recreational marijuana is legal in Illinois, a medical marijuana card will provide you access to a wider range of products and allow you to purchase and possess greater amounts of cannabis. Medical marijuana patients also pay a lower sales tax and get priority access in the case of a statewide cannabis scarcity.
The Sanctuary Wellness Institute can put you in touch with a trained medical marijuana doctor who will perform an evaluation, answer your concerns about what medicinal cannabis may accomplish for your condition(s), and issue you a certification so you can apply for a card.
The Sanctuary’s knowledgeable staff is up to date on the most recent changes to Illinois’ medical cannabis legislation and regulations. They can help you finish your application so you can get your MMJ ID card and start your medical cannabis treatment as soon as possible.