What You Should Know as an Illinois Cannabis User
Resources for Medical Marijuana and Recreational Cannabis Users in Illinois
Illinois was one of the earlier states to successfully pass medical marijuana legislation, in 2013 and in 2020 legalized recreational use as well. Looking to learn more about cannabis use in Illinois? Here are some of the resources you will need.
New Illinois Medical Marijuana Patients
How Do I Receive a Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois?
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was passed in 2013 and took effect the following year. This was the beginning of medical marijuana programs in the state. This has since become the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program Act; it is no longer a pilot program and has become a permanent part of Illinois law.
To receive a medical marijuana card in Illinois, you need to be diagnosed with one of several qualifying conditions. The list of qualifying diagnoses is extensive, including Alzheimer’s disease, autism, cancer, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, HIV/AIDS, lupus, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many more. Unsure whether you qualify? Your physician will be able to assist you.
If you qualify, your physician will complete a Physician Written Certification. The patient will submit this certification alongside their application, current residency, and ID information. If accepted, the patient will be required to renew their medical marijuana card each year—however, in terms of payment, you’ll be able to choose among a one-year, two-year, and three-year registry card.
Where Can I Apply for a Patient or Caregiver Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois?
You can apply for an Illinois medical marijuana registry ID online.
To start, you can find instructions here on how to fill out your MCPP patient application with or without a caregiver.