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How to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois

1

Schedule an Appointment

First, simply visit MMJ Certifications scheduling page and select a time that suits you best. Unlike some other medical cannabis providers, MMJ Certifications does not require you to submit medical records to get approved for medical cannabis in Illinois.

During the appointment scheduling process, we will require you to fill out information about your medical history and book your appointment time with a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Illinois. With MMJ Certifications, you can get approved for medical cannabis on the same day you submit your application.

Our team is available to assist you if you have any questions or concerns about the process. We look forward to helping you obtain the medical cannabis you need for your health and well-being.

Feel free to contact us at any time for assistance with setting up your appointment.  Info@grmaryj.com

 

2

Speak With a MMJ Doctor

With our telemedicine portal, you can have a medical marijuana evaluation from the comfort of your own home. The visit typically takes only 10-15 minutes, during which the licensed physician will assess your ailments and answer any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.

Immediately upon approval for medical marijuana treatment, after the initial consultation, the physician will fill out a recommendation form that you can use to get your medical card using the states portal.  As soon as you submit the recommendation form, you can legally obtain medical cannabis in Illinois and begin treating your condition the same day!

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You're Approved!

Once you receive approval from the licensed physician, you will need to register with the state, pay the additional state fee, and submit your application. After processing your application, the state will notify you of your approval by immediately emailing your medical marijuana card . Once you have printed your medical marijuana card, you can immediately begin purchasing from dispensaries.

Your medical marijuana certification is valid for three years and you will need to renew it by having another consultation with the doctor as it approaches its expiration date. At MMJ Certifications, we will reach out to you when your Illinois medical marijuana card is approaching its expiration date to help you set up a renewal consultation.

We understand the importance of hassle-free access to medical cannabis treatment, which is why we offer ongoing support throughout the entire process. Schedule an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Illinois.  Having doubts?  Feel free to check out our 500+ 5-star reviews on our Google listing 

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IL Medical Marijuana Card Discounts Below

IL Recreational Marijuana Taxes

Tax on marijuana in Illinois can reach up to 31.25%, which includes a sales tax of 6.25% plus up to 25% based on THC content.

Medical Card Savings - Estimated Savings

Your IL Medical Card can potentially  save you up to 30.25% per purchase

Illinois Medical Cannabis Explained

In 2013, the state of Illinois legalized medical cannabis through Senate Bill 862, which was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. Six years later, in 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2023 to legalize recreational cannabis, leading to over $300 million in sales during the first seven months of legalization, according to THCnet.com, a prominent cannabis industry news source.

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Julia Stratton was one of the first citizens to purchase recreational cannabis on the first day of sales, tweeting her support for ending the unjust criminalization of cannabis possession, particularly among Black and Brown communities. She also thanked Governor Pritzker for creating a more equitable Illinois through cannabis legalization.

Today, Illinois allows both qualifying patients and general consumers to purchase cannabis for medicinal or recreational use, marking a significant shift in the state’s approach to cannabis as a therapeutic option. If you are interested in obtaining medical cannabis certification in Illinois, MMJ Certifications can help you schedule an appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor to evaluate your medical conditions and provide a recommendation for medical cannabis treatment.

Conditions that Qualify for a Medical Marijuana Card in illinois and Price

Since 2013, Illinois has authorized the use of medical cannabis for over 50 qualifying conditions, such as:

  • ALS/Lou Gehrig‚Äôs disease
  • Alzheimer‚Äôs disease
  • An alternative to opioid treatment
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Autism
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Chronic pain
  • Crohn‚Äôs disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Ehler-Danlos Syndrome
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neuro-Behcet‚Äôs Autoimmune Disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson‚Äôs disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren‚Äôs syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome¬†
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury

The application fee for the Illinois medical marijuana card depends on the length of registration in years. For a one-year card, the cost is $50, for a two-year card, the cost is $100, and for a three-year card, the cost is $125. The application fee is non-refundable. However, reduced fees are available for those on social security disability income, supplemental security income, and for veterans. The reduced application fee is $25 for a one-year card, $50 for a two-year card, and $75 for a three-year card.

When applying for an Illinois medical marijuana card, patients must also provide a 2×2 inch passport photo that was taken within the last 30 days. The photo should have a solid colored background with no one else in the photo. Patients must also provide two forms of proof that they are an Illinois resident, such as an Illinois Driver‚Äôs License, voter card, bank statements, or utility bills with their name and address.

How to get a Illinois Medical Marijuana Card  

To obtain an Illinois medical marijuana card, Veriheal provides a seamless 4-step process that ensures patients can legally purchase and use medical cannabis. Firstly, patients must schedule an appointment with a certified Illinois physician, who will evaluate their ailments and determine if they are eligible for medical marijuana treatment. Once approved, the patient can submit their application to the state of Illinois, and their card will arrive in 60 days. With their medical marijuana card in hand, patients can begin buying from licensed dispensaries.

  • To qualify for the Illinois medical marijuana program, there are certain requirements that patients need to meet. These are as follows:

    • Age: Patients must be 18 years or older. In case of minors, two physicians’ recommendations and legal guardian’s consent are required.
    • Physician Recommendation: Patients must be recommended for marijuana use by a physician licensed in Illinois.
    • Residency: Patients must be residents of Illinois and must provide proof of residency.
    • License: Patients cannot hold a school bus permit or Commercial Driver‚Äôs License.
    • Occupation: Patients cannot be a firefighter, correctional officer, active duty law enforcement officer, or correctional probation officer.

    These requirements have been set by the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure that the medical marijuana program is used only by those who truly need it and that it is being used in a responsible manner.

Become Caregiver for Medical Marijuana in IL 

Here are the main points on how to become a registered caregiver in Illinois, as well as the requirements:

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must prove Illinois residency
  • Must not have any felony convictions
  • Must submit fingerprints and a photo for card registration

Steps to become a registered caregiver:

  1. Register as a caregiver with the Illinois Department of Public Health
  2. Have the patient you will be assisting add you as their designated caregiver on their application
  3. Submit a caregiver application along with the patient application, or separately if applying without a patient
  4. Pay the $75 caregiver application fee (or $100 if applying without a patient)
  5. Once approved, the caregiver will receive a registry identification card
  6. The caregiver can then purchase and administer medical cannabis to the patient they are registered to assist

It is important to note that registered caregivers can only assist one patient at a time and are not allowed to receive any compensation for their services.

 

Cultivation & Possession of Medical Marijuana in IL

Illinois state law requires that a registered patient have an “adequate supply” of medical cannabis not exceeding 2.5 ounces within a 14-day period based on their qualifying condition. The state also maintains a registry for patients and caregivers that protects them from prosecution for possessing medical cannabis. Illinois law permits the registration of cultivation centers and dispensaries and imposes a tax of 7% of the sales price per ounce on the privilege of cultivating medical cannabis. There are currently 19 certified state-approved cultivation centers in Illinois. These regulations were established under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which aims to make medical cannabis accessible to eligible patients while ensuring a regulated and taxed industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

In Illinois, anxiety is not considered a condition that qualifies for medical marijuana treatment.

Holding a medical card in Illinois allows you to bypass the 30% cannabis excise tax and permits you to buy over twice the amount allowed for recreational use. Additionally, it grants you access to strains of cannabis with higher potency.  In addition, you receive enhanced legal protections a recreational user is not entitled to.

That depends on what state you are traveling to.  Please research other states rules before trying. 

In Illinois, to be eligible for medical cannabis, you must be 18 years or older, provide proof of residency in Illinois, and have a current diagnosis of one or more of the state’s 50 approved conditions. Minors are required to obtain recommendations from two doctors and have consent from their legal guardian.

In Illinois, the cost of applying for a medical marijuana card varies based on the duration of the registration. A one-year card costs $50, a two-year card is priced at $100, and a three-year card comes with a fee of $125. It’s important to note that the application fee is non-refundable.¬† This fee is separate to our consultation fee of $130.

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In Illinois, once you obtain a medical cannabis card, you have the freedom to buy a wide range of medicinal cannabis products. This includes flower, tinctures, oils, concentrates, topicals, and edibles.

Once you’ve been approved you will submit your info to the states portal and will receive your medical card via email typically within a couple hours.¬† the state no longer supplies physical cards so you will have to print your digital card that you receive via email.¬† in rare cases this can take up to 24 hours but that is not typical.

In Illinois, individuals who are 21 years old or older can buy recreational cannabis from dispensaries without needing a medical card. However, unlike medical cardholders, they will not benefit from the 30% tax exemptions and also will not have access to high-potency THC products that are available to those with a medical card.

Patients registered in the medical cannabis program are allowed to buy up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks, which amounts to about 5 ounces per month. Additionally, these patients can possess more than 30 grams of cannabis if they grow it at their own homes, provided it’s done under specific conditions and kept securely.

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