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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.