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How To Become A Medical Marijuana Patient In Illinois


Illinois medical marijuana hb 1How To Enroll As A Medical Cannabis Patient In The State Of Illinois

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was signed by Illinois Governor Quinn on August 1, 2013, and went into effect on January 1, 2014. The State of Illinois has already been accepting applications from prospective medical marijuana patients. Patients whose last names begin with A – L had until Oct. 31 to submit applications. Patients whose last names begin with M – Z have a window to apply between Nov. 1 and December 31. After that, it will be open enrollment for everyone, regardless of what letter your last name starts with.

Qualifying Conditions For The Illinois Medical Marijuana Program

The first step to becoming a medical marijuana patient in Illinois is determining if you suffer from one of the following conditions, per the Illinois Department of Public Health:

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
• Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
• Cachexia/wasting syndrome
• Cancer
• Causalgia
• Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
• Crohn’s disease
• CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
• Dystonia
• Fibromyalgia (severe)
• Fibrous dysplasia
• Glaucoma
• Hepatitis C
• Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
• Hydrocephalus
• Interstitial Cystitis
• Lupus
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Muscular dystrophy
• Myasthenia Gravis
• Myoclonus
• Nail-patella syndrome
• Neurofibromatosis
• Parkinson’s disease
• Post-concussion syndrome
• RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
• Residual limb pain
• Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
• Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
• Sjogren’s syndrome
• Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
• Spinal cord injury
• Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
• Tourette’s syndrome
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

Eventually there will be more conditions added to the list, but as of the writing of this blog post, only those conditions qualify a patient. Per the Illinois Department of Public Health:

Illinois residents may petition the Illinois Department of Public Health to add medical conditions to the list of debilitating medical conditions included in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. The Department is developing a process for considering the petitions, including establishing an advisory board and holding public hearings. At this point petitions are not being accepted. Check the Department’s website for updates.

Find A Doctor To Sign Your Illinois Medical Marijuana Paperwork

If you suffer from one or more of the conditions above, the next step is seeing a medical doctor who will diagnose you with the condition, and sign off on your medical marijuana paperwork. This can prove to be more difficult than most people think. Due to personal/professional reasons, not all doctors will sign off on the condition. That’s the case in every medical marijuana state. In order for a doctor to be able to sign your paperwork, they have to fit the following description from the Illinois Department of Public Health:

The medical provider must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, have a controlled substances license under Article III of Illinois Controlled Substances Act, be in good standing to practice medicine in Illinois, and have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the patient they are certifying for medical cannabis.

‘Bona fide physician-patient relationship’ is a subjective term, but it’s definition according to the Illinois Department of Public Health is:

…a relationship in which the physician has ongoing responsibility for the assessment, care and treatment of a patient’s debilitating medical condition, or a symptom of the patient’s debilitating medical condition, for which the physician has certified to the Illinois Department of Public Health that the qualifying patient would receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical cannabis.

What I had to do to become a medical marijuana patient was establish my condition with one doctor, then transfer my medical records to a new, more compassionate doctor that would then sign my medical marijuana paperwork. I did that in Oregon, which was sufficient for my state. Whether or not that will be sufficient in Illinois is yet to be determined. As of the writing of this article, roughly 11,000 people have applied to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois, with just roughly 600 of those applications being approved. That would suggest that government regulators are quite picky. New rules were added to allow children to become patients, but it requires two signatures in that instance.

How To Submit Your Illinois Medical Marijuana Paperwork

However, once you have been diagnosed, and had a doctor sign off on your application (which can be found at this link here), you then submit it via the instructions found on the form. The instructions can also be found below:

Applications may be mailed to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson St.
Springfield, IL 62761-0001

Applications may be completed online at: https://medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov

Fees To Become A Medical Marijuana Patient In Illinois

  • Annual qualifying patient application fee is $100
  • Annual qualifying patient reduced application fee is $50
    • For qualifying patients enrolled in the federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or the Supplement Security Income (SSI) disability programs, submit a copy of a letter or other documentation form the Social Security Administration identifying the qualifying patient and showing the amount of monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits to be received by the qualifying patient during the current year of application.
    • Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214.
  • Annual caregiver application fee is $25
  • Replacement card fee is $25
  • Returned check fee is $35

Where To Find Medical Marijuana In Illinois

The Illinois medical marijuana program does not allow patients to grow their own medical marijuana. As a result, the only way to acquire medical marijuana is from one of the soon-to-be licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, who have obtained the medical marijuana from a soon-to-be licensed medical marijuana grower. Licenses are expected to be issued to approved Illinois medical marijuana businesses in early 2015. Illinois medical marijuana regulators are evaluating 369 applications to open 21 grow centers and 60 dispensaries statewide. Once applicants are approved, medical marijuana cultivation will begin instantly, and patients can expect to see product hit dispensary shelves a few months later.

To keep up to date on medical marijuana implementation in Illinois via your mobile phone, text message ‘meds’ to 420420.


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  1. I have a congenital defect in my Pancreas. I use a Fentanyl patch and take percocet as well. The problem is that I live in Missouri and they are enacting that would cut my medication by more than half. What can I do I’m screwed!

  2. And the dea and federal government need to keep there nose out of it to the dea and federal government always sticking there nose where it doesn’t belong to so leave people alone and let them get the help they deserve instead of spending money that u steal off of people to investigate something that don’t amount to nothing I think the dea descion not to reschedule cannabis was so wrong but the I believe the reason why is some may have been out of a job and they couldn’t steal off of u to get there assets they are all! A bunch of thieves

  3. I think I anybody has a qualifying medical condition should get it and not be denied if u deny someone something that’s gonna help u I think u should get it with no problems to me if a plant helps with symptoms le them get it it’s inhuman to deny someone something that helps them I always thought president Obama said we are a nation of second chances so what if there is a felony these people that are convicted still have medical issues and are still human nobody in America should have to suffer like that to me it sounds like some discrimination going on here u people that pass these laws forget about pain people go through if it was your family u would not want them to get denied the medicine that would help them plus u wouldn’t want to see them suffer everyday either so things need to change u call it compassionate well I don’t call it that if u can bar someone from the program that is wrong very wrong I bet u would help the refugees out with it no matter what I guess Americans are second class but should be first class in my book people suffer everyday from those qualifying medical conditions and to deny someone medical cannabis that will help is inhuman doesn’t matter about there background at all

  4. There is a place in Chicago that does the application, finger printing, taking the picture, and doctor certification. It is called: Innovative Express Care. They take insurance (for the medical visits) and do NOT charge for doing the application for you. It’s a one-stop-shop. They are a legitimate medical office who are advocates for MMJ.

  5. There is a place in Chicago that does the application, finger printing, taking the picture, and doctor certification. It is called: Innovative Express Care. They take insurance (for the medical visits) and do NOT charge for doing the application for you. It’s a one-stop-shop. They are a legitimate medical office who are advocates for MMJ.

  6. There is a pain management Dr in Bolingbroke that approved of it and is willing to do the paperwork. Dr. Tubic

  7. I suffer from RA, diagnosed as moderate to severe. Found out that Illinois Bone and Joint will not allow their doctors to participate in the State of Illinois program for use of medical marijuana. As I read this board, it appears this is typical. So either suck up the pain or ruin your liver with ibuprofen.

  8. paris morefield on

    I have interstitial cystitis and fibromyalgia. I can’t take pain medicine because of my stomach. I see S.I.U. Foe my IC and we have tried everything, even Botox injections which made it worse. Do you think a Springfield dr would consider me as a candidate for medical marijuana?

  9. Kristin Kriegbaum on

    My husband has diagnosed Parksinsons. We would like to start medical marijuana but don’t know how to start. His doctor is quite conservative and might not agree with him doing this. We need to know how to get started.

  10. For medical marijuana you can apply with any age, but for recreational marijuana you have to be 21 and older.

  11. newbie alert, I was trying to remove my first name, oh well…. Today I learned the Northwestern Medical Group has directed their physicians to not participate in certifications. How sad to break up long patient physician relationships. This my augment their quality care, oh well……………………………… I personally accept their right to run their business their way, and I also advocate my right to actively participate in my treatment plan. So I have requested an appointment with this group, since there are advocates to help me navigate in an area I know nothing about.

  12. Learned today the Northwestern Medicine as a corporation has directed their physicians’ to not participate in this program. The docs have to eat and feed their kids too. Big business medicine, has a strong hold. Which I why I am glad to find the group in hopes for some help and severe pain relief. I am told I should meet criteria, but I will feel better to have a physician certify that I do, and perhaps look forward to some pain relief. I will also enjoy the advocates since this is a new process to me. Thanks!

  13. Unfortunately I have a illness” :bipolor that’s a mental disease, which leaves me troubled by the ?particular? Illnes with mood disorders, lot’s of sadness days,always angry about every creepy thing ,anxieties ,panic attacks, really, a lot of depressing downing day’s I’ll,the state of Illinois say’s that “they don’t give me a medical marijuana card, so I been getting it from the street pharmacy ,which is not so safe and presumably safe what should I do about this case:1721309806 ,mari’juana Perk’s me up ,make me laugh and feel counciled on important matter’s, as far as the leaf itself I have a little history with that’s why I smoke,herbal remediation..

  14. I ?????sumtimes wonder is (?THey?)doing this two bee racist or just a historical society of god mother nature’s slack off,why not make it completly Legal privilege, they all legalized cigarettes, that was never mentioned to cure or help anyone or nobody out in a good medical way,keeping god and my dear mother nature in the picture of medical marijuana is a smart security system for medical and non-medical smoker’s, so it can bee a system of responsible, knowledgeable system of smoking pioneers, Illinois bee on sum thing with they “keeping whats buy law” type of bogus judgment of the matters? @Whats really going on!??????????

  15. The law did not pass to allow patients with PTSD to have access. They and pts.with several other diagnosis’ were denied in the Jan.1 decision unfortunately.

  16. But this Catholic hospital allows them to write opiads really??? More people are addicted to opiads than any other drug legal or illegal also God created it. Whoever has a problem with that statement I dare you to debate me on this topic!

  17. I have spoken to several doctors who in my opinion are delusional. My justification for making this statement is due to doctors saying things like “I will fear for my life because patients would stalk me and my families”. Really I do not know one person who uses marijuana even for personal use would harm anyone to get it. But these same doctors would provide you with any opiad you could possibly want i.e.: dilauted norco Vicodin it blows my mind that so called experts in medicine could be so narrowed minded and judge mental. Bottom line it will become legal and legislation will not stop it. In the meantime people like you suffer. So sorry you are having a hard time. Also thank you for your service to our country and keeping our freedom.

  18. Stephen Culbreth on

    I just read that they are allowing people with ptsd to have a medical marijuanna cars how do I find a doctor that will sign off on all of that bc I’ve had ptsd most of my life and I can’t find a doctor in illinois to sign off on that bc they don’t want to be associated with marijuanna if you know a doctor please contact me at count12313@aol.com

  19. It’s either legal or completly illegal why?gods really know why mother’s nature surly know why. so many level’s so many truth’s about the fact’s of truth about the real history behind cannabis sativa ,marijuana who,what,where, and why did it even arise as it did, if something from science founded a little good in it and some,people was already on it for many year’s that’s why and why not it was being sold illegally ,noticed some good in it besides selling it as popular demanded drug of choice it should either be completly legal or completly illegal….??????

  20. Good ole Illinois, the best politicians money can buy ! Once again just like the right to Cary law they have dragged there feet on this till they have figured out a way to make all the money they can on this n dam the poor patients that need the health care. ! People will continue to buy off the cartels it’s cheaper DUH !

  21. Here is a link I found with Illinois doctors publicly supporting medical marijuana when it makes sense.

  22. Rev. Charles on

    its a crime… doctors wont recommend it (unless you go to chicago) the dept of health drags its heals updating “authorised” ailments list updates. Its frustrating. there is a program, but hardly anyone can use it… so for all intents and purposes there is no program for many people. where is the compassion?

  23. Where can I find a doctor. Seems there’s only three doctors in the state of Illinois and they’re all by chicago

  24. I cannot find a doctor! My GP said that he would have no problem, however his hospital is a catholic hospiral and he is not allowed

  25. Are participating physicians a secret??? Application ready, covered conditions, NO DOCTOR!

  26. Quite a few things have been added since the bill passed. Probably thanks to Rachael Bloom.

    Shouldn’t some one file a “Leary” suit against Illinois so you don’t have to register to get medicine?

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