Apply For Your Illinois Medical Marijuana Card

Talk to a licensed Illinois medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back! If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL

Getting started only takes a few minutes. Simply sign up, answer a few questions, and schedule your appointment. Everything should be this easy.

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Legal Status

Medical & Recreational

Possession Limits

Medical patients


2.5 oz poss. limit

70 g purchase limit

Recreational users


1.05 oz poss. limit

30 g purchase limit

State Taxes

Medical patients


Recreational users




Why Get an Illinois
Med Card

Save over 30% on cannabis purchases

Skip the line at dispensaries

Peace of mind

Greater purchase limits

Access to higher potency strains

Enhanced legal protection

Illinois Savings Explained

Excluded from 30% excise tax
More than 2x greater purchase limits
HUGE cash and time savings!

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois

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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.


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 you can ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the initial consultation is complete and if you are approved, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana. Once you have this you can then apply to the state.


Once you are approved, you’ll register with the state, pay the additional state fee, and submit your application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

Your certification is valid for three years and you will need to renew it when it approaches its expiration date by having another consultation with the doctor. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your Illinois medical marijuana card is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

What You Get Using Veriheal in Illinois

Medical Cannabis Recommendation

Cannabis Consultation

Digital Cannabis Certification

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Just So You Know...

  • You can book a combo consultation with a friend or family member and you EACH get $10 off your appointment.
  • If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL.
  • Your recommendation in Illinois is valid for 3 years and you will only need to re-certify your license with another appointment when it approaches its expiration date.

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Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 44 reviews

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Medical Cannabis Savings Taxes explained and the benefits of getting your medical card in Illinois

Recreational Marijuana Taxes in Illinois

Up to 31.25% (6.25% sales tax + up to 25% based on THC content)

Medical Marijuana Taxes in Illinois

1% tax


Estimated Savings Having a Medical Marijuana Card

5.25% - 30.25%

Cost Information

Below is cost information for getting a Illinois medical marijuana card through Veriheal. When it's time to renew your card, we'll reach out with an exclusive price.

Medical Marijuana Certificate
Additional State fee

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Illinois Cannabis Program - Quick Stats

Total Number of Medical Marijuana Patients:

219,926 registered patients

0.51% of Illinois's total population are registered medical cannabis patients.

Number of Licensed Dispensaries


28 new dispensaries opened for business in Illinois in 2023.

Range of Medical Marijuana Products Available

Edibles, oils, concentrates, dry flower, topicals, vapes, tinctures, and patches

All forms of cannabis are legal under Illinois law.

Average Price of Medical Marijuana Products

$5.30 per gram

The average price of an ounce of cannabis in Illinois is $351.63.

Number of Licensed Cultivators and Processors


All cultivation centers in Illinois are now approved to grow for Adult Use.

Annual Revenue from Medical Marijuana Sales

Over $1.5 billion (2022)

Illinois surpassed monthly marijuana sales record With $140 Million in recreational purchases In July 2023

About Cannabis in Illinois

In recent Illinois medical cannabis news, House Bill 3817 has been signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker. Effective January 01, 2024, the bill allows licensed marijuana businesses to take state-level tax deductions that they’re currently prohibited from utilizing at the federal level due to current 280E tax code provisions. 

The Prairie State passed medicinal cannabis in 2013 with Senate Bill 862 signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. Six years later, in August 2019, Illinois’s recreational cannabis sales totaled $300 million in the first seven months of legalization after Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2023, according to, a leading cannabis trade news source. 

Showing overwhelming support for recreational cannabis legalization, Lt. Gov. Julia Stratton was among the first citizens to purchase it on the first day of sales in 2019. After her purchase, she tweeted, “For too long, IL residents, particularly those that are black & brown, have been targeted and criminalized for #cannabis possession.”

She finished off the social media post, saying, “It’s not just a new year, it’s a new day. Thank you, @Gov.Pritzker, for ending prohibition and building a more equitable Illinois.”

Illinois invites all qualifying patients and everyday citizens to purchase cannabis for medicinal or recreational purposes, significantly ending decades of discrimination against a plant that proves to alleviate certain medical disorders or their symptoms.

Patient Qualifying Conditions and Cost in Illinois

Illinois has more than 50 allowable conditions approved for medicinal legalization in 2013, including: 

After Veriheal assists with setting up patients with state-certified medical cannabis physicians at the cost of $199, the state of Illinois charges an additional one-year $50 registration fee for card registration. Patients that qualify for a reduced fee, such as veterans, only pay $25 annually.

The state also offers two-year registration cards for $100 and three-year licenses for $125. Only patients with an Illinois medical cannabis card can purchase prescribed cannabis in the state. The state does not accept out-of-state patient cards. As with all states, an Illinois patient must prove residency with a valid driver’s license or identification card to be eligible for a card.

Application Process

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. Once approved, you can submit your application to the state of Illinois and your card will arrive in 60 days. Once it arrives you can start buying from the dispensaries.

The Illinois Department of Public Health specifies that to qualify for the Illinois medical marijuana program, you must:

  • Be an adult (at least 18-years-old or older)
  • Minors must have recommendations from two physicians and their legal guardian must give consent
  • Be recommended by a physician for marijuana use.
  • Be an Illinois state resident with proof of residency.
  • Not hold a school bus permit or Commercial Driver’s License 
  • Not be a firefighter, a correctional officer, an active duty law enforcement officer, or a correctional probation officer. 

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 to the Illinois Department of Health.

The application fee depends upon the length of the 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. 

A reduced application fee is available to 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. 

In order to complete your application, you will need to send a 2×2 inch passport photo that was taken in the last 30 days. 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.

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 but are not limited to:

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

Possession and Cultivation of Medical Marijuana in Illinois

In 2017, the Prairie State deemed an “adequate supply” of medical cannabis at 2.5 ounces for every 14 days based on the patient’s qualifying condition(s), with the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act creating a state-wide registry excluding patients and caregivers from arrest and prosecution for possession of medical cannabis. 

Additionally, it “allows for the registration of cultivation centers and dispensing organizations,” according to, a Britannica Group news source. Moreover, “a tax is imposed upon the privilege of cultivating medical cannabis at a rate of 7% of the sales price per ounce.” There are 19 certified state-approved cultivation centers in Illinois.

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. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, an Illinois caregiver must be at least 21-years-old to purchase and help administer medical cannabis to a patient. Like the patient, the caregiver must also prove residency by submitting a driver’s license or state identification card. A caregiver must also undergo fingerprinting to prove they have not committed a felony. Lastly, a caregiver must submit a photo for card registration, which costs $75 with a patient application or $100 if applying without a 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:

How to Renew Your Illinois Medical Marijuana Card with Veriheal

To renew your Illinois medical marijuana card through Veriheal, you’ll need to schedule a renewal appointment with one of our physicians. They can confirm that you still need medical cannabis for your qualifying condition and help you with the renewal process. We will remind you when it’s almost time for your renewal appointment, or you can reach out to our Customer Service Department so we can assist you and apply a renewal discount for you.

How Long Does a Medical Marijuana Card Last in Illinois?

A medical marijuana card in Illinois is valid for up to three years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does anxiety qualify for medical card in Illinois?

No, anxiety is not a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Illinois.

With a medical card in Illinois, you are excluded from 30% cannabis excise tax and can purchase more than twice the legal adult use limit. You also have access to higher potency strains.

That depends on the state you are visiting. Before traveling, contact the state you are visiting to find out their medical cannabis rules and regulations.

To qualify for medical cannabis in Illinois, you must be at least 18 years or older with proof of Illinois residency and an active diagnosis of one or more of Illinois’s 50 qualifying conditions. Minors must have recommendations from two physicians and consent from their legal guardian.

The application fee for a med card in Illinois depends upon the length of the 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.

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

Illinois allows medical cannabis patients to purchase all types of medicinal cannabis. Once you attain a card, you can buy flower, tincture, oils, concentrates, topicals, and edibles.

After your approval with Veriheal, you must submit your registration application to The Illinois Department of Public Health.

They have 30 business days to review complete applications from the date the Department receives them. The Department has 15 days after an application is approved to issue a registry identification card.

Yes, Illinois residents over the age of 21 can purchase recreational cannabis from dispensaries without a medical card.

Medical cannabis patients can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis every 14 days or approximately 5 ounces per month.

Registered patients in the medical cannabis program may possess more than 30 grams of cannabis if it is grown and secured in their residences under certain conditions.

No, it is illegal to purchase and register a firearm with a medical card. However, if you already have a gun and a FOID and then apply for a medicinal marijuana card, the police will not revoke your FOID.

Data Last Updated 06/04/2024

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