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Qualifying Conditions in Illinois
Below is a list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use in the state of 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)
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
- 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
- Spinocerebellar ataxia
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
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Here is the step by step process with all the required forms needed to obtain your medical cannabis card in the state of Illinois.
In order to qualify for a license to use and legally purchase medical marijuana, you must fulfill the following qualifications:
- Be 18 years of age or older (minors need two physician recommendations as well as consent from their legal guardian),
- Be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition – click here to see a list of qualifying medical conditions,
- Have consent from a physician,
- Be an Illinois state resident with proof of residency.
Steps To Get Started
Step 1 – Physician Certification Form
The first step to becoming a medicinal marijuana patient in Illinois is to meet with your doctor about medical marijuana. Your physician is required to fill out the Physician Certification Form and submit it via mail it to the Illinois Department of Health. Please note that you have 90 days from the date of submission to have your appointment with your doctor.
Step 2 – Fill Out The Patient Application
As a potential medical marijuana patient, you must fill out the patient application in it’s entirety, except the caregiver portion if you do not have a caregiver.
Step 3 – Pay the Application Fee
There is a $100 for 1 year, $200 for 2 year, and $250 for 3 year 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 1 year, $100 for 2 year, $125 for 3 year.
Step 4 – Photo
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.
Step 5 – 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 your driver’s license, voter card, bank statements or utility bills with your name and address on them.
Step 6 – 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.
Step 7 – Fingerprint Consent Form
The final step you will need to complete when applying for your medicinal marijuana license is getting your fingerprints taken and filling out the Fingerprint Consent Form. You must also include the receipt for your fingerprinting. Please note you have 30 days from being fingerprinted to send the Fingerprint Consent Form in
Step 8 – Veterans
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.
Step 9 – Caregivers
If you are a caregiver, you are required to fill out the Caregiver Application Form and send in the $25 caregiver application fee.