A Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Your Marijuana Card in Illinois

Getting your Illinois medical marijuana card is a simple, pain-free process. It only takes four easy steps to register, qualify, and apply. All you have to do is:

  1. Meet with a pre-qualified licensed physician in Illinois for an examination
  2. Fill out an online or paper application for an MCPP Registry Card 
  3. Pay your online fees
  4. Wait for your card’s approval

In Illinois, receiving your medical marijuanas card is as straightforward as can be. You just have to be a little patient (and have a few extra bucks lying around).

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Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Illinois?

For qualification of medical marijuana in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years old or older (or be a minor with an adult caregiver and physician certifications from two approved doctors)
  • Be a legal resident of Illinois with proof of residency 
  • Be diagnosed with at least one of Illinois' qualifying conditions 
  • Have a well-established relationship and detailed medical records with your chosen physician 

What Are the Illinois Medical Marijuana Conditions?

Illinois has quite an extensive list of qualifying medical conditions for an MMJ card. It is as follows: 

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation, or type II spina bifida
  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Crohn's disease
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), type II
  • Dystonia
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures, including those characteristics of epilepsy
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease or injury
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury

How-To Steps for Getting an MMJ Card in Illinois

1: Meet With a Qualified Physician

The first step in getting your MMJ card in Illinois is, of course, meeting with a qualified physician. In Illinois, you must have a well-established relationship with this doctor, demonstrating that they know what’s best for you and your health. You must have met with this doctor within the last 90 days. While in-person visits are available, much safer tele-appointments can be arranged. 

2: Fill Out an Illinois Medical Marijuana Application Online!

After you’ve gotten the approval and the necessary paperwork from your doctor, it’s time to sign up. By logging on to the State of Illinois Medical Cannabis Program’s website, you can create an account through their easy-to-use portal. From there, you’ll be able to effortlessly register for your patient marijuana card, as the site walks you through the application step by step.

To apply, make sure you have your state-issued ID in hand, physician’s certification, two items showing proof of residency, and other personal information like your Social Security Number or military status if need be.

3: Pay the Fees

We know, this isn’t the most fun step of them all, but it’s an important one. In Illinois, a one-year MMJ card costs $100, while a two-year is $200, and a three-year is $250. However, if you’re on disability, receiving SSI, or are a veteran, you may be eligible for a reduced application fee. This brings the cost of the cards down by half! 

4: Get Your Card and Start Shopping!

After you’ve done all the necessary steps to obtain your Illinois MMJ card, the only thing that’s left to do is wait. Thankfully, within about 24 hours, you will receive provisional access to a licensed dispensary where you’re free to shop as you please. 

If you chose to do this process through the mail, and not online, unfortunately, the wait will be much longer. You can expect to wait nearly 90 days from application to seeing your card in the mail if you didn’t opt for the online application.