Become an Illinois medical Cannabis patient

Illinois Medical Cannabis Programs

Since its inception, Herbal Remedies has been approached by countless individuals inquiring about medical cannabis as a means of treating their ailments. Some common questions we hear are “Do I have a qualifying medical condition?”, “How do I get my medical cannabis card?” and “Am I able to use cannabis instead of prescription opioids?” Illinois offers the Medical Cannabis Patient Program and the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program as avenues in which people can get access to medical cannabis; that is, assuming the individual is both qualified and has completed the necessary application to become a registered patient.

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Medical Cannabis Patient Program

Easily the most popular option of obtaining medical cannabis is through the Medical Cannabis Patient Program (MCPP). Illinois currently recognizes a multitude of acute and chronic health conditions that qualify an individual to participate in the program. The process all starts with a conversation with a healthcare professional as they confirm your condition and certify your eligibility for medical cannabis. Every step along the way can be referenced on our website.

Opioid Alternative Pilot Program

On January 31st, 2019, the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) was officially launched as a means of combatting the opioid overdose epidemic that has gripped the nation for years and continues to do so. Opioids are often prescribed for pain management by physicians and having a safer alternative for medicine is so important. Medical cannabis is a solution that consumers should consider in lieu of easily addictive and potentially dangerous opioids.

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Our medical dispensary is located at 4440 Broadway, Suite 1 in Quincy, Illinois. It is just two doors down from our adult use dispensary in the same shopping center. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the word “Medical” above the entrance.

Our medical dispensary is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Our adult use dispensary does have alternative hours of Monday through Saturday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

The Featured Products section of our online menu has the latest product specials available to adult use patrons. Follow our website blog, Facebook page and subscribe to our email newsletter for other promotional and sale announcements. We also offer a Veteran Appreciation Discount Program for both adult use patrons and medical patients. Read our Herbal Remedies Launches Veteran Appreciation Discount Program blog post to learn more.

Yes. Online ordering is available to medical patients. However, be mindful that you must pick up purchases in-store. Read our How To Place Online Orders For Cannabis In Five Minutes Or Less blog post to learn more.

No. Illinois cannabis law currently forbids the shipment or delivering of cannabis products to one’s home. Cannabis purchases must be picked up in-store.

This is a tough question to answer as everyone metabolizes cannabis at different rates based on their physiology. The general rule of thumb is to start at lower dosages and discover what works best for you in time. Always be sure to allow enough time to detox, especially to avoid being impaired for critical activities like work or driving. When visiting us, talk with a dispensary technician and they can make a recommendation to fit your lifestyle and level of experience. 

When transporting cannabis in a vehicle, it must be stored in a secured and sealed container and be reasonably inaccessible while in motion. It is key that one does not consume cannabis outside of Illinois nor take it across state borders, as it puts you in an illegal status by doing so. Consumers are also prohibited from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. If law enforcement pulls you over, they have the authority to issue a sobriety test on anyone whom they believe to be under the influence. 

Cannabis must be consumed in private residences (with permission of owner) or approved cannabis lounges. It is illegal to consume cannabis near anyone under 21 years of age, in public spaces (including parks, streets, sidewalks), in motor vehicles or on school grounds. Any business or landlord reserves the right to prohibit cannabis use on their property.

Yes. If an employer has reasonable suspicion or believes you to be impaired, they can choose to have you undergo a drug test. Depending on your workplace drug policy, a positive test can result in disciplinary action including termination. Illinois DUI law defines “impairment” as testing for greater than 10 nanograms per milliliter of THC in a saliva or urine test and 5 nanograms per milliliter or more in a blood test. Consult your company’s policy for further guidance on what is allowed. When on duty, our advice is to be fit for duty.

If a cannabis product appears abnormal or an accessory you purchased is factory defective, you MUST bring it and your receipt to the dispensary. Our staff will review the product in closer detail to verify. In some scenarios, they may attempt to troubleshoot first. If our staff agrees with your assessment of the product, we will issue you a replacement or store credit.

At this time, Illinois cannabis law forbids dispensaries from accepting cannabis product returns. The purchaser must use the item or properly dispose of it. We also don’t accept returns on any glass purchases.

Medical Cannabis Card Application Assistance

The entire process can be completed online on your own, but our staff would be happy to assist you with submission of your application here at the dispensary. Just give us a call at (217) 214- 6337 to arrange an appointment. Before applying or arranging an appointment with us, it’s good practice to double check that all required documents are accounted for. This will ensure timely processing of the application and avoid the need to come back for repeat visits.

First Visit Patient Consultations

Whether you are a new medical cannabis patient or transferring to us from another dispensary, we advise that you make an appointment in advance for your first visit. This appointment is used to complete patient intake paperwork and have genuine conversation about being a responsible medical cannabis patient. Our budtenders will take this session to evaluate the products and dosage that is appropriate for you and make the ideal recommendation.

Patient Purchase & Possession Limits

An Illinois medical patient can possess a max of 2.5 ounces (or 70.87 grams) of cannabis at a given time. This is also the max amount that can be purchased during a rolling 14-day period of time. For example, if you purchase an 1/8 oz. (or 3.5 grams) of cannabis flower one day, it would be added back to your limit 14 days later. When purchasing concentrates, edibles or other cannabis products that are not flower, the pre-weight of the flower used to make the product is added towards the purchase limit.

Patient Home Growing

Beginning January 1st, 2020, Illinois medical cannabis patients are allowed to grow up to five plants per household. If a household happens to have two or more patients living there, the residence is still only permitted to have five plants at any given time. Seeds must be purchased from licensed medical dispensaries. Recreational consumers are not legally allowed to grow their own plants.