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

 

 

Physician Certification

  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.

 

 

APPLICATION

  Fill out a paper copy (and one for a caregiver)

  Or, Apply Online

 

 

Caregiver

  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.

 

 

FINGERPRINTS

  Except for those with terminal illness, applications must be accompanied by fingerprints taken within the last 30 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  11am to 2pm       Tues  3pm to 6pm

Wed  11am to 2pm       Thurs 11am to 6pm

No fingerprint hours on Friday or Saturday.

Sunday  (by appointment only – call or email)

 

 

Questions? Shoot us an email – we’re here to help.

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

 

 

Physician Certification

  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.

 

 

Application

  Fill out a paper copy (and one for a caregiver)

  Or, Apply Online

 

 

Caregiver

  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.

 

 

Fingerprints

  Except for those with terminal illness, applications must be accompanied by fingerprints taken within the last 30 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  11am to 2pm

Tues  3pm to 6pm

Wed  11am to 2pm

Thurs 11am to 6pm

No fingerprint hours on Friday or Saturday.

Sunday  (by appointment only – call or email)

 

 

Questions? Shoot us an email – we’re here to help.

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Qualifying Conditions

Agitation Of Alzheimer’s Disease       AIDS/HIV       ALS       Arnold-Chiari Malformation
Cancer       Causalgia       Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy       Crohn’s Disease
CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II)       Dystonia       Fibromyalgia (Severe)       Fibrous
Dysplasia       Glaucoma       Hepatitis C       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 Characteristic Of Epilepsy       Sjogren’s Syndrome
Spinal Cord Disease       Spinal Cord Injury       Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)       Syringomyelia
Tarlov Cysts       Tourette’s Syndrome        Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)       Wasting Syndrome/ Cachexia

Qualifying Conditions

Agitation Of Alzheimer’s Disease
AIDS/HIV
ALS
Arnold-Chiari Malformation
Cancer
Causalgia
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Crohn’s Disease
CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II)
Dystonia
Fibromyalgia (Severe)
Fibrous Dysplasia
Glaucoma
Hepatitis C
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 Characteristic Of Epilepsy
Sjogren’s Syndrome
Spinal Cord Disease
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
Syringomyelia
Tarlov Cysts
Tourette’s Syndrome
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Wasting Syndrome/ Cachexia
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Here are some reasons why you probably qualify, even if you don’t think you do

fibro

SEVERE FIBROMYALGIA

If you suffer from fatigue, numbness, burning sensations or from chronic, general pain, it is possible you will qualify for medical cannabis after being diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia.  This is a condition that is not well understood and which no objective test can diagnose.

 

spinal cord injury

SPINAL CORD INJURY

This condition is a generalized terms that applies to people with any number of back issues, including not only a herniated disc but also to a condition as common as a bulging disc.  If you suffer from regular back pain you likely can be diagnosed with spinal cord injury and qualify for a medical cannabis card.

football-helmet 1

POST CONCUSSION SYNDROME

If you played football or other contact sports, even just in high school, you likely suffered multiple concussions, which can have life-long consequences.  If you suffer from regular bouts of nausea, dizzyness or even headaches, it is possible that a doctor will diagnose you will Post Concussion Syndrome and qualify you for medical cannabis.

ptsd

PTSD

PTSD applies not only to veterans of military service, but to any survivor of physical or psychological trauma.  Anxiety, sleeplessness and depression are the most common symptoms.  PTSD can be diagnosed with a single psychological evaluation after which you will qualify for a medical cannabis card.

Ready to find a doctor?  Contact us for help.

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Caregivers

Caregivers

A 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.
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veterans

FOR VETERANS

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.

minors

FOR MINORS

The Parent or Guardian of a qualifying minor will have to fill out the Application for Minors and will also need a to acquire a second, reviewing physician’s approval. Go to the Forms Page for the complete set and reach out to us with any questions.

illness

TERMINAL ILLNESS

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.