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


Physician Certification

 Sympathetic doctors work hard to qualify everyone who wants a card.  If you need help finding the right doctor, fill out the form below and we’ll get you a list of doctors and everything else you need to know.  If you hope to use your own doctor then bring this certification for your physician to complete.



 Apply Online  (need help with the application?  stop by the shop and we’ll walk you through the process)


Want assistance with applying for a card? Dispensary 33 has appointments available for card sign up services every wednesday. Sign up HERE to reserve your spot!

Want to know the difference between becoming an Opioid Bill patient  vs. a Medical Cannabis Bill patient?  Check out our FAQ page.


Qualifying Conditions

Agitation Of Alzheimer’s Disease       AIDS/HIV       ALS       Anorexia Nervosa       

Arnold-Chiari Malformation       Autism

Cancer       Causalgia       Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy   

Chronic Pain       Crohn’s Disease

CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II)       Dystonia       

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)       Fibromyalgia (Severe)

Fibrous Dysplasia       Glaucoma       Hepatitis C       Hydrocephalus       Hydromyelia

Interstitial Cystitis       Irritable Bowel Syndrome       Lupus       Migraines

Multiple Sclerosis       Muscular Dystrophy       Myasthenia Gravis       Myoclonus

Nail-Patella Syndrome       Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease       Neuropathy

Neurofibromatosis       Osteoarthritis       Parkinson’s Disease

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)       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)       Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome       Syringomyelia

Tarlov Cysts       Tourette’s Syndrome        Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Wasting Syndrome/ Cachexia

Qualifying Conditions

Agitation Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Anorexia Nervosa
Arnold-Chiari Malformation
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
Chronic Pain
Crohn’s Disease
CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II)
Fibromyalgia (Severe)
Fibrous Dysplasia
Hepatitis C
Interstitial Cystitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophy
Myasthenia Gravis
Nail-Patella Syndrome
Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease
Parkinson’s Disease
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
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)
Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
Tarlov Cysts
Tourette’s Syndrome
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Ulcerative Colitis
Wasting Syndrome/ Cachexia

There are a number of conditions diagnosed from patient-reported symptoms, rather than clinical test results, and which afflict many for decades before being diagnosed.  Here are some reasons why you probably qualify for medical marijuana in Illinois, even if you don’t think you do.



Contact sports.  Car accident.  Anyone who has suffered a concussion can suffer life-long consequences, often with a delayed onset of symptoms.  If you have nausea, dizzyness or headaches, it is likely a doctor will diagnose you with PCS and qualify you for medical cannabis.

spinal cord injury


This condition 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.



Fatigue, numbness, burning sensations, chronic, general pain.  These symptoms devastate quality of life but can only be diagnosed as severe fibromyalgia by an understanding doctor, rather than a clinical test result, which will qualify you for a medical cannabis card.



PTSD applies to any survivor of physical or psychological trauma, whether in war or at home.  Anxiety, sleeplessness and depression are the most common symptoms.  PTSD can be diagnosed with a single psychological evaluation, qualifying you for a medical cannabis card.




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
        • Only serve this role for a single patient
        • Complete their own form, to be included with the patient’s Illinois medical marijuana 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 to request your medical records for the previous year as well as your complete DD-214 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.



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.



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.

Ready to get a card?  Fill out the form below for all the info you’ll need.

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