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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois

  • STEP 1:


    Create an account above and schedule an appointment to see a doctor through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. During your account creation, you will provide a basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed Illinois medical marijuana doctor to get approved for medical cannabis in IL.

    Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set, our team would be more than happy to help.

    *Medical records showing you have a qualifying condition are required at this time.

  • STEP 2:


    After your appointment is booked, your doctor will reach out to you and schedule a time for a brief pre-consultation that works best for you. This visit will be conducted via our online video telemedicine portal and will only take 10-15 minutes. During this visit, the doctor will evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the initial consultation is complete, you will be cleared for your second visit which will be in-person at our office.

  • STEP 3:


    After your telemedicine consult is complete you will go to your in-person evaluation. The day that you picked your appointment is the day you go into one of our Illinois offices. During that visit, the doctor will submit your approval to the state. The doctor will clear you to upload your recommendation to the state and apply for your medical marijuana card in Illinois!

  • STEP 4:


    Once you are approved by the doctor after the second visit, you can submit your application online through the state portal. The application fee is an additional $100 paid to the state. Once you submit your form, your official card will arrive in the mail in 60 days. Upon arrival, you will be able to start buying medical cannabis directly from the dispensary!

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About Cannabis in Illinois

To qualify for an Illinois medical marijuana card, it’s a 4 step process. You’ll book an appointment to see a doctor who will evaluate your ailments and determine if you qualify for medical cannabis treatment. After your first visit you that will approve your consultation. A week later you will have a follow-up telemedicine visit with the doctor from home and be approved. With Veriheal, this follow up can be online through video, so no need to actually come in again. Once approved on the second visit, you can submit your application to the state of Illinois and you card will arrive in 60 days. Once it arrives you can start buying from the dispensaries.

To qualify for the Illinois medical marijuana program, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older (minors need two physician recommendations as well as consent from their legal guardian),
  • Be recommended from a physician for marijuana use.
  • Be an Illinois state resident with proof of residency.

Physician Certification Form

The first step to becoming a medicinal marijuana patient in Illinois is to meet with a certified Illinois doctor licensed from the state to certify patients for medical marijuana. This is the service Veriheal provides. Our physician will fill out the Physician Certification Form and submit it via mail it to the Illinois Department of Health.

Fill Out The Patient Application

As a potential medical marijuana patient, you must fill out the patient application in its entirety, except the caregiver portion if you do not have a caregiver.

Application Fee

There is a $100 fee for a 1-year license, $200 fee for a 2-year license, and $250 fee for a 3-year license which is a non-refundable application fee for all patients interested in applying for the use of medicinal marijuana. If you are a veteran or enrolled in SSDI or SSI disability programs, the application fee is reduced to $50 for a 1 year, $100 for a 2 year, $125 for a 3-year license.

Photo Submission

In order to complete your application, you will need to send a 2×2 inch passport photo. It is important to make sure this photo is taken with a solid colored background with nobody else in the photo with you. The easiest option is to visit your local passport photo service location and have them take your photo.

Proof of Residency

Along with your application and a photo, you will need to provide two forms of proof that you are an Illinois resident. Acceptable forms of proof include:

  • Illinois Driver’s License
  • Voter Card
  • Bank Statements
  • Utility bills with your name and address on them.

Proof of Age and Identity

You must also send in a photocopy of your government issued ID, such as a driver’s license, passport, or state ID.

Qualifying Conditions

Qualifying patients must be diagnosed with a debilitating condition, as defined in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, to be eligible for a medical cannabis registry identification card in Illinois.

  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Autism
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neuro-Bechet’s Autoimmune Disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative Colitis


If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD214 along with the reduced $50 application fee. If you receive medical treatment from the VA, you can have them send your medical records in lieu of the Physician Certification Form.

Caregivers in Illinois

A registered caregiver is someone licensed to provide assistance to a register qualifying patient with the purchase and use of medical cannabis. To assist a patient, caregivers must carry a medical cannabis registry cards after meeting a set of specified qualifications.

Caregivers must be over the age of 21 and submit to a background check, proving they have never been convicted of a felony. Caregivers must also prove their Illinois residency and agree in writing to assist the patient. Registered caregivers mays serve only one (1) patient at a time, and can receive no compensation for their services. The steps to become a caregiver in Illinois are as follows:

  1. Submit a caregiver application either with the designated patient’s application submission or independently at a later date.
  2. Pay an application fee. A one (1) year registry card costs $25, while a two (2) year cord costs $50 and a three (3) year card costs $75. Any caregiver registering after a patient has received their registry card will pay a $75 application fee for a card that expires when the patient’s does.
  3. Include a passport-sized photo taken in front of a plain, white backdrop
  4. Prove Illinois residency with two separate documents. Copies of utility bills, bank statements, state IDs, driver’s licenses and voter ID cards are acceptable forms of identification.
  5. Prove age and identity with a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID.

Licensing for Growers, Manufacturers, Processors, and Retailers

Licenses for dispensing centers and cultivation centers are regulated by separate authorities within Illinois. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation granted licenses to 55 medical marijuana dispensaries across the state, many of which are located in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Additionally, the Illinois Department of Agriculture permitted 21 cultivation centers to grow marijuana legally. Cultivation centers may only sell or distribute cannabis products to licensed dispensing centers or approved testing laboratories.

At this time, Illinois is not granting additional licenses to prospective dispensaries or cultivation centers. In the beginning phases of the medical marijuana pilot program, dispensing centers and cultivation centers had to submit application forms and be approved for a license.

Possession/Use Limits

An adequate supply means 2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days and that is derived solely from an intrastate source.

Grow Limits

Home cultivation is not permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in Illinois to become a medical marijuana patient in Illinois?

Yes. You need to show an Illinois ID and show that you have an IL address.

How do I apply for a medical marijuana card?

In applying for a medical marijuana card, one must provide the following: full name, date of birth, address, telephone number, and email address if any, a valid ID, and at least 18 years of age, else you will need to provide consent from a parent or guardian. And a statement that indicates your age and residency. Book your appointment with a doctor to review your ailments and medical condition.

What is the process to obtain a medical marijuana card?

Qualifying patients may register with the medical marijuana program of Illinois. You will book an appointment with a doctor who will review your ailments and medical condition. Next, once you are evaluated and approved, you will receive a medical cannabis recommendation from our licensed IL doctor and be registered with the state. Patients also need to submit an additional application to the state, along with their fingerprints which can be taken from a qualifying vendor. The state requires a follow-up visit, from which you’ll meet with a doctor again. The follow-up visit will be done online through video, so no need to come into the office again. Lastly, once approved for medical marijuana, you can buy medical marijuana in Illinois. A physician’s recommendation is all you need to obtain your cannabis medicine.

How can I find a registered marijuana physician in Illinois?

No need to worry. We provide the Illinois physicians for you.

Do I need to see the physician on video or do I just go right in person?

For Illinois, you will be going right into the doctor’s office. The follow up visit however can be done online through video. If you are not approved your consultation is free! We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you will be refunded in full.

How long does the consultation usually take?

The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.

What if I am not approved?

If you are not approved then your consultation is free. We entail a network of highly qualified medical practitioners who are willing to evaluate any patient to see if they qualify for medical cannabis. We have a 99% approval rate so if you are not approved, you are refunded in full.

Can I drive while using medical marijuana?

No. Driving or operating any kind of vehicle such as motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft while under influence of marijuana is not allowed.

My primary care is not registered, can I still get a recommendation from them?

No you can not. You can only get approved for medical marijuana from a practitioner that has registered with the Illinois medical marijuana program. And for that, we provide you a physician so you do not need to go through your primary care physicians.

Does chronic pain now qualify me for medical cannabis?

Not at this time.

Do I need medical records to get my card in Illinois?

At this time yes, the state requires a patient to show proof of one of the qualifying conditions in order to be approved for medical marijuana treatment.

What is the Cost?

The cost is $199 and that covers your medical evaluation, your consultation with a licensed IL practitioner registered with the state, and an authorized certification for medical marijuana purchases. For $379 you and a friend or family member can both get your cards for a nice little discount. There is an additional state fee of $100 to submit the state application.

Can I use medical marijuana in public?

No. The medical marijuana is prohibited to be used in public places under the law.

Where are the dispensaries in IL? Is there a dispensary near me?

There are already tons of dispensaries all over the state. You can see a list of Illinois dispensaries here.

Once I get my card, what type of medicine can I buy from Illinois dispensaries?

IL has one of the most diverse medical marijuana programs, allowing all patients access to a variety of medical cannabis options. If you get your cannabis card in Illinois, you get access to: Dry Flower, Tinctures, Oils, Concentrates, Topicals, Edibles

Does Veriheal operate in other states?

Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.

I think I’m ready to get my card, how can I get things started?

Sign up and we can get you approved in no time!

Places to Visit in Illinois After Enjoying Your Medicine

Illinois is home to Chicago, the third-largest city in the country as well as a major sports and cultural center. Illinois has many smaller industrial cities, bountiful natural resources, and intense agricultural productivity, especially in its central region. Have a look at the best things to do in Illinois:


Springfield, Illinois is the state capital, and it is renowned as the birthplace of America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Much of the tourism in the city focuses on this great man, and interested people may visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln’s Tomb, and the law offices where he practiced before becoming president in 1861.

The Dana-Thomas House is widely visited, as it is the most complete example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. The city is set on the plains near the winding Sangamon River, and the Adams Wildlife Center allows residents and visitors to get in touch with Springfield’s natural surroundings with its 40 wooded acres. Springfield is a stop on the famous Route 66, and there are diners all along it with that retro style. The Hoogland Center for the Arts is a popular venue, and it presents programs of ballet, theater, symphony, and orchestra.


Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States and has a wealth of exciting opportunities that draw millions of visitors every year. Chicago sits on the western edge of Lake Michigan, and its huge harbor system includes beaches and beachfront parks. Parkland is an important city feature; there are over 570 parks, the centerpiece being Lincoln Park, a 1200-acre space.

Chicago has two major league baseball teams, as well as teams in the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA. Lovers of arts and culture come to see its collections of visual art and to listen to the Chicago Symphony. They can also enjoy improvisational comedy at one of the many city hotspots and to hear jazz, blues, and soul music. The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest and largest in the country and has collections of internationally famous artworks, including the Old Masters, impressionists, and American art.


Bloomington is the 12th largest city in Illinois and has a sister city, Normal, which shares in its civic decision-making. The area was first used as an encampment for the Kickapoo Native Americans until Euro-American settlers reached the rivers and groves of the city in 1820 and put down roots there. Bloomington-Normal is a municipality with many faces.

Outdoorsy people love the variety of different parks and its golf courses. Lovers of the arts can enjoy theater, the symphony orchestra, and the city’s ballet corps. The area has a small but fascinating zoo, which has some of the rarest wild cats in existence: the Amur Leopard and the Sumatran Tiger. A huge indoor rock climbing park is a great favorite amongst both visitors and locals.

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