Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois
Talk to a licensed medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back!
Talk to a licensed medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back!
How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in IL
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About Cannabis in Illinois
To qualify for a medical marijuana card, it’s a 4 step process. You’ll book an appointment to see a Veriheal 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 medical marijuana program in Illinois, 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Submit a caregiver application either with the designated patient’s application submission or independently at a later date.
- 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.
- Include a passport-sized photo taken in front of a plain, white backdrop
- 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.
- Prove age and identity with a copy of a valid government-issued photo ID.
- Provide a fingerprint receipt, with fingerprint scan completed with 30 days of submitting the caregiver application.
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.
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.
Home cultivation is not permitted.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. You need to show an Illinois ID and show that you have a IL address.
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 a consent from a parent or guardian. And a statement that indicates your age and residency. Book you appointment with a Veriheal doctor HERE to review your ailments and medical condition.
Qualifying patients may register with the medical marijuana program of Illinois. You will book an appointment with a Veriheal 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 Veriheal 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.
No need to worry. We provide the Illinois physicians for you.
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.
The medical evaluation usually takes 10-15 minutes.
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.
No. Driving or operating any kind of vehicle such as motor vehicle, boat, or aircraft while under influence of marijuana is not allowed.
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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.
Not at this time.
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)
- Arnold-Chiari malformation
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Crohn’s disease
- CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
- Fibrous Dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial cystitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Parkinson’s disease
- 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
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
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.
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.
No. The medical marijuana is prohibited to be used in public places under the law.
There are already tons of dispensaries all over the state. You can see a list of dispensaries HERE.
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
Yes! Check our homepage for a list of active states.