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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois: Your Step-by-Step Process
Getting your Illinois medical marijuana card comes with many benefits — and the process may be more straightforward than you think.
Once you have your IL medical card, it makes it much easier to get the cannabis products you need to live a healthy and comfortable lifestyle, all while saving a bunch of money.
At Elevate Holistics, we want our patients to understand just how beneficial having an IL MMJ card can be, as well as how simple the process is. So, here’s our step-by-step instructions on getting your Illinois medical marijuana card online.
Meet With an MMJ Doctor (Like Us!)
In order to get your Illinois medical marijuana card, you have to first meet with a qualified physician. This physician will evaluate you and see whether or not you have one of the state’s listed qualifying medical conditions.
Not sure where to find an Illinois marijuana doctor? Don’t worry: we’re right here!
Elevate Holistics has an incredible team of Illinois marijuana doctors who are dedicated to giving you the cannabis care you need.
Whether you have questions about the process, concerns about your qualifications, or anything in between, our expert doctors are here for you throughout every step of the way.
Get Approved and Register With the State
Get Your MMJ Card and Start Shopping!
After you’ve submitted your application to the IDPH, the state will approve you and provide you with a temporary MMJ card! You can use this card within 24 hours of getting it; then, when your permanent card arrives, you’ll be all set.
Illinois Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions
In order to get your Illinois medical marijuana card, you have to be diagnosed with one of the following qualifying conditions:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Arnold-Chiari malformation
- Anorexia nervosa
- Crohn’s disease
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
- Chronic pain
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Fibrous Dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
- Post-Concussion 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 (damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity)
- Spinocerebellar ataxia
- Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative colitis (otherwise treatable or curable, etc.)
If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify for medical marijuana in Arkansas, it may be worth seeing a doctor and getting their recommendation.
There is some flexibility in terms of using marijuana as a treatment for chronic pain and nausea.
We are a team who believes in the medical benefits of cannabis; but, we’re also keenly aware that a large percentage of the population doesn’t know where to start on their cannabis journey. This is why we promise to treat every patient with respect, compassion, and love.
We’re all on our own journey and we promise to respect yours.
How Long Does It Take To Get a Card in Illinois?
Luckily, the process is fairly quick. You’ll receive a temporary version of your medical card within 24 hours, which you can use at dispensaries. Your official medical card should come in the mail within four to six weeks, and will last for the period of time you specified in your application (up to three years).
Illinois Medical Marijuana Doctors
Elevate Holistics is composed of a team of professional, qualified, expert marijuana doctors that are dedicated to helping you get your Illinois medical marijuana card.
Our telehealth appointments are 100% online, but they’re also completely HIPAA-compliant and private, so you don’t have to worry about security or protection.
Elevate’s team of marijuana doctors is well-versed in the world of IL MMJ, so you can ask them any questions you may have about the process, qualifying conditions, productions, or something else. Truly, our Illinois medical marijuana doctors are here for you.
Can Minors Get Medical Cards in Illinois?
Yes, for children with serious conditions like cancer, medical marijuana is an option in Illinois.
Parents or legal guardians who are over the age of 21 can apply for a medical marijuana card on their child’s behalf. In order for children to get a medical marijuana card, they must have a certification from two physicians.
You’ll receive a caregiver’s card while your child will also receive their own medical marijuana card. You can use your caregiver’s card to shop at your designated medical dispensary for your child.
Unfortunately, Elevate Holistics doesn’t provide appointments to minors in IL at this time.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, marijuana is legal in Illinois for both medical and recreational purposes!
When completing the application, you’ll need to provide proof of Illinois residency, age, and identity, and pay the application fee. You’ll also need to submit a photo, which goes on your medical marijuana card once it is approved.
Marijuana has many benefits for your physical and mental health. For those who struggle with chronic conditions, having regular access to marijuana can help them maintain a healthy work routine and social life.
Having a medical marijuana card can also help you save money in the long run. While the Illinois medical marijuana application does cost money, you won’t have to pay the same high tax rate that you would to purchase cannabis for recreational use.
You’ll also have access to different products, as there are some brands that are specifically marketed to medical marijuana patients.
Finally, you’ll also be able to purchase larger quantities of marijuana. Illinois medical marijuana laws allow you to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks.
In order to get your Illinois medical marijuanas card, you’ll need to pay an application fee. The application fee varies depending on how long you want your medical card to last. The cost of a medical marijuana card in Illinois is $50 for one year, $100 for two years, and $125 for three years. You also may need to pay a fee for a consultation with a physician.
At Elevate Holistics, we offer online HIPAA-compliant consultations with medical marijuana doctors for $130.
Yes, you can, as long as you’re 21 or over. Illinois allows caregivers for certain types of medical marijuana patients. These include children as well as people with some terminal illnesses and some veterans.
Illinois medical marijuana patients can purchase 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 14 days. This is the maximum amount that medical users can possess at one time. Doctors can recommend higher possession limits for patients if necessary.
Possession limits for medical marijuana patients are much higher than they are for recreational users, and patients cannot give away their medical cannabis. Adult-use consumers can buy up to 30 grams at once.
You can click here to learn more about Illinois marijuana laws.
Registered medical marijuana patients can grow marijuana at home in Illinois, yes! Patients can grow up to five plants in their homes. Recreational consumers, however, cannot.
Of course! You can click here to view a full list of the operating dispensaries in Illinois.
Yes, from added taxes to pricey dispensary costs, getting your MMJ card in Illinois might save you a lot more money than you think.
Medical cannabis patients in Illinois have to pay a 1% sales tax on all cannabis-related purchases.
Recreational cannabis consumers can expect to pay an added 6.75% in-state sale taxes at their local dispensary. But, that’s not all. On top of sales tax, there is also something called a “purchaser tax.” This number varies depending on how much THC you’re buying. That’s right: the more THC in your product, the more you’ll pay in added taxes. For example, products with over 35% THC will pay a hefty 25% purchaser tax.
The Illinois medical marijuana card benefits include home cultivation, higher possession limit, reciprocity, lower age limit, and more weed for less money.