Over a thousand people in Illinois get a medical cannabis card every month. The steps below will show you how to become one of them.
Determine you qualify
Be an Illinois resident
Have no history of a felony drug conviction
Have a qualifying condition
A doctor licensed in Illinois must sign your certification form that says you are his or her patient and that you suffer from one of the qualifying conditions. If you need help finding a doctor, contact us.
Except for those with terminal illness, applications must be accompanied by fingerprints taken within the last 60 days.
Fingerprints are performed right at Dispensary33, Sunday through Thursday. The cost is $50 but you will also receive $50 in vouchers for your first visit as a patient.
Drop in hours:
Mon, Wed 11am to 2pm
Tues, Thurs 3pm to 6pm
Not everyone needs to assign a Caregiver, but having one can be useful for those who want someone else to be able to purchase cannabis on their behalf. Learn more here.
Or, Apply Online
Questions? Shoot us an email – we’re here to help.
CaregiversA caregiver is someone designated by a patient to purchase cannabis either with the patient or on their behalf. Caregivers can accompany patients inside the dispensary or come alone to purchase without the patient. Regardless, caregivers have all of the privileges of purchasing and possessing cannabis as patients do.
In order to qualify, caregivers must:
- Be at least 21 years old
- Not have been convicted of a felony drug offense
- Only serve this role for a single patient
Caregivers need to complete their own form, to be included with the patient’s application.
If you are a veteran receiving care from a Veterans Affairs facility, you will not need a physician to sign any forms on your behalf. Go to the Release of Information office at your VA and request your last year of medical records (you will have to submit VA Form 10-5345a to authorize this, but there will be no charge) as well as VA Form DD214 to certify your dates of service and condition of discharge. Include all of these documents with your application and submit by mail.
For more information on receiving your records, please go to the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center website.
Anyone who has received a diagnosis of terminal illness, with a prognosis of less than 6 months of life, will have their application processed in no more than 2 weeks, will not require fingerprinting and will have their application fee waived. This application must be completed on paper and mailed in. Instructions and the form are here.
A PTSD applies not only to veterans of military service, but to any survivor of trauma who suffers lingering, debilitating emotional and psychological effects – this includes survivors of sexual assault and other acts of violence as well as adults who as children witnessed shootings and other traumatic events, to name just a couple of examples. It is estimated close to 500,000 Illinois residents currently suffer from the condition. Click here for more information and to take a self-assessment test.