Illinois Medical Cannabis Card Guide

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While recreational cannabis became legal in 2020 in Illinois, there are still benefits to obtaining an Illinois medical cannabis card, or “medical marijuana” card. Wondering how to get a medical “marijuana” card in Illinois? We’ve got you covered.

For those interested in applying to the medical cannabis patient program through the Illinois Department of Public Health, our team at Windy City Cannabis has made it easier than ever!

Do You Qualify for Medical Cannabis in Illinois?

Before starting the medical cannabis card application process in Illinois, make sure you meet the necessary requirements outlined by state law. If you do not meet the requirements, your application will be denied. Understanding the qualifications before applying to the medical cannabis program will save you time, as the opportunity is available only to those with qualifying and debilitating medical conditions.

To qualify for a medical cannabis card in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Illinois resident with proof of residency (driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.).
  • Be at least 18 years of age (minors may qualify with consent from a legal guardian).
  • Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition as defined by the state’s Compassionate Care Act. Some conditions include cancer, epilepsy, PTSD, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, and others.
  • Not have a disqualifying felony conviction.

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How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card in Illinois

The way to apply for a medical cannabis card in Illinois is quite simple. Patients and caregivers must now submit medical cannabis registry applications online through the state’s secure website. Head to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program page to see a comprehensive list of resources and the Illinois medical cannabis card application.

Medical cannabis cards in Illinois are valid for a limited period of time, after which you will need to go through the medical cannabis card renewal in Illinois, which can be found on the same page.

Once approved, you can download a copy of your card to your phone and head to a medical dispensary in Illinois to obtain medical cannabis, get relief and treatment, and save big on recreational cannabis taxes.

When it comes to cannabis for medical cannabis patients, Windy City Cannabis has an array of options for everyone’s needs and concerns. To begin exploring your best solution, visit one of our local dispensaries today.

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Whether you need help figuring out how to renew a medical cannabis card in Illinois or apply for your first one, Windy City Cannabis is here to help. For assistance applying, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does it take to get a medical cannabis card in Illinois?

    The time it takes to be approved for your medical cannabis card in Illinois varies from patient to patient. Once approved, you will receive a digital medical cannabis card to print and use.

  • Can a minor qualify for an MMJ card in Illinois?

    If you are under the age of 18, a physician can certify that you have a qualifying medical condition requiring a medical cannabis card, however, those under 18 do require a designated caregiver to be approved. Your physician certifications and designated caregiver application must be turned in at the same time. The first caregiver application is free of charge, but any additional caregivers will incur an additional cost. In addition, minors can only use cannabis-infused products and are not permitted to purchase smokeable products.

  • Can I visit a dispensary without a medical card in Illinois?

    Since cannabis is legal in the state of Illinois, you can visit a recreational cannabis dispensary without a medical cannabis card if you have a valid government identification card with you and you are over the age of 21. However, without a medical cannabis card, you cannot go to an Illinois dispensary that only sells medical cannabis and you will pay recreational cannabis sales taxes on your purchases.