Effective September 5, 2016, IDPH no longer accepts applications submitted on old forms/applications. All application forms must have the date, September 16, printed at the bottom of the front page. Applications submitted on old forms will be returned to the applicant for correction. Applications with incorrect fees will also be returned to prevent overpayment.
No. Unlike in many other states with a medical cannabis program, patients in Illinois are NOT permitted to grow their own cannabis.
Patients are able to legally access 2.5 ounces of cannabis every 14 days.
It is illegal to consume cannabis and operate a motor vehicle under any circumstance.
No. A patient is not allowed to share, giveaway, gift, or donate medical cannabis in flower form, or any other form, to another person. Every patient must go to a state licensed dispensary to get their own medical cannabis products.
In accordance with the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, smoking medical cannabis is prohibited in all of the same public places where tobacco is also prohibited. Additionally, being publicly intoxicated on other forms of medical cannabis is not recommended. Specifically, use of medical cannabis in Illinois is prohibited in the following places:
- On a school bus
- On the grounds of any school (preschool, primary, or secondary)
- On the grounds of any correctional facility
- Inside any motor vehicle
- Inside a private residence, which, at any time, provides licensed childcare or other similar social service care on the premises
- In any place that prohibits smoking (including healthcare facilities) under the Smoke-free Illinois Act, and knowingly within close physical proximity to anyone under the age of 18
- Any public place*
* “A public place” includes all parts of buildings owned (completely or in part), or leased by the state or local unit of government, or any place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others. A public place does not include a private residence (unless property is used to provide licensed childcare, foster care, or other similar social service care on the premises).
No. It is illegal and punishable by law to travel outside of the state with medical cannabis.
The effects of medical cannabis will vary depending on which consumption method is used. For example, the inhalation methods provide a quicker onset, while the oral and ingestion methods produce more psychoactive effects. Read A Guide to Consumption Types before getting started, in order to learn which methods will work best for you.
The proper dosage of medical cannabis will be different for each person, and will vary depending upon which method of consumption is used. It is important to start with a low dose, and gradually increase until you learn what works best for you. Read A Guide to Consumption Types and A Guide to Dosage before started, in order to learn more about the differences between each method.
This process will be different for each patient. The effects produced by each strain of medical cannabis will differ depending upon the cannabinoid and terpene profiles. Typically, a patient will start by deciding whether they are looking for a Sativa, Indica, or Hybrid strain. Read the information on A Guide to Cannabis Strains and Let’s Talk Terpenes in order to better understand how to select the best strain for you and what to expect.
There are 40 conditions, in addition to Terminal Illness*, that qualify for participation in the MCPP. These conditions are as follows:
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Arnold-Chiari Malformation
- Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating
- Crohn’s Disease
- CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
- Fibrous Dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail-Patella Syndrome
- Parkinson’s Syndrome
- Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Residual Limb Pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I),
- Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy),
- or the treatment of these conditions
- Severe Fibromyalgia
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Spinal Cord Disease: damage to the nervous tissues
- of the spinal cord with objective neurological
- indication of intractable spasticity (including but not
- limited to, arachnoiditis)
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
- Tarlov Cysts
- Terminal Illness
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury
* Terminal Illness (TI) – A person diagnosed with a terminal illness, with a life expectancy of six months or less, may also apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card. The card will have a validity of six months. There is no application fee for this card.
No – Medical cannabis cardholders will not have their firearms owners identification or concealed carry license cards revoked. Nor will they be denied issuance of a FOID or CCL card due to their status as a MCPP card holder. Such cards are state issued, governed by state law, and state law requires that a person’s status as a medical cannabis cardholder not result in the denial of any right or privilege.
No. To become a medical cannabis patient in Illinois, you must apply for a Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Identification Card, issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Read the How to Get Your Medical Cannabis Card for details on how to apply.
If you submit your application online, you will receive a Provisional Access letter within the space of 24 hours. You will be able to use this letter to gain access to a medical cannabis dispensary while your application is being processed. You should receive your patient registry card in approximately 90 days.
Qualifying patients and caregivers may apply for a one-, two-, or three-year registry identification card. Application fees are $100, $200, and $250, respectively. Anyone receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as well as veterans, may be eligible for a reduced application fee. ($50, $100, $125, respectively).
No. There are currently no reciprocity agreements in place with other states.
No. Possession and distribution of cannabis by any person remains a criminal offense under federal law.
Patients may designate a caregiver. The designated caregiver must then go through a similar application process to that of becoming a medical cannabis patient. They must submit a Designated Caregiver Registry Identification Card Application, which comes with an application fee of $75 for a three-year card. If a caregiver is designated, the Caregiver Application must be submitted along with the Patient Application at the same time. A caregiver may not cultivate cannabis for the patient and is only allowed to obtain or possess on behalf of one qualified patient.
Yes. Patients under 18, who have one or more of the qualifying medical conditions, may be registered on the program by assigning their parent or legal guardian as their selected caregiver.
Yes. Federal law currently prohibits doctors at federally funded veterans’ hospitals from issuing written
recommendations for medical cannabis. However, veterans who are Illinois residents can still obtain a Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Identification Card without a physician’s recommendation by following these steps:
- Submit a copy of your DD214
- Complete VA 10-5345 Form to release medical records to yourself. To obtain VA records electronically, follow this link: http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/forms/publicationsohpmmedicalcannabisqp2018.pdf
- Once you receive your official medical records, you must submit the medical records with your application.
No. Insurance companies in Illinois currently do not cover the cost of medical cannabis for patients.
Cannabis flower, topicals, edibles, suppositories, disposable vaporizers and vape cartridges, tincture/sublingual products, and transdermal products are all available. Visit our Live Menu to browse through our current inventory.
It is illegal to take medical cannabis out of the state of Illinois. You cannot take your medication on out-of-state vacations.
You can purchase a firearm from a private dealer. Purchasing from a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer (FFL) will require you to complete the Firearms Transaction Record form. Cannabis is a Schedule I drug and federally illegal. An FFL dealer would not sell a firearm to persons using a controlled substance, whether or not it is legal in that particular state.
Each person is unique. When first medicating with cannabis, start with a low dosage, and take it slow. Journal the effects and duration and slowly build up to the dosage which is most effective for you. Using the minimum amount of product for the maximum effect is ideal.
You cannot have an open container of any kind of cannabis product in your vehicle. Once the product seal has been opened, you are not allowed to travel with that product. While transporting medical cannabis in a motor vehicle, the cannabis must be stored in a safe location out of reach of the operator.
The physician certification is valid for the duration of the three-year period of the medical registry identification card. The physician may revoke the patient’s verification if the patient no longer has a debilitating condition.
Products must be purchased with cash. We have an ATM in the lobby, with a $200 extraction limit and a $2 fee.