Before starting the application process, we encourage all potential patients to research medical cannabis and how it can be used to treat the symptoms of their qualifying condition. Medical cannabis is not a cure-all and it is not for everyone, but it does have a very positive impact for patients across the globe. If you have a qualifying condition but are uncertain as to whether cannabis is the right medicine for you, please set up a consultation with us, and your physician, to discuss how cannabis is a safe and viable option for you.
We encourage all potential patients to meet with their physician to discuss the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of their qualifying condition. This is an important first step in the application process. Your doctor must complete and mail (or e-mail) the certification form to the Illinois Department of Public Health within 90 days of submitting your application to the Department. Medical Cannabis cards are valid for 3 years.
To qualify for a patient registry identification card, a qualifying patient must:
- Be a resident of the state of Illinois at the time of application and remain a resident during participation in the program;
- Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition;
- Have a signed physician certification for the use of medical cannabis;
- Complete a fingerprint-based background check and not have been convicted of an excluded offense (a felony under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Cannabis Control Act or Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or similar provisions in a local ordinance or other jurisdiction), unless the Department waives such a conviction(s); and
- Be at least 18 years of age (some exceptions apply).
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