In order to get an Illinois medical cannabis card, you must:
Be an Illinois resident and able to provide two proofs of residency
Complete the State’s online application
Get a physician’s certification
If you need a healthcare professional to certify you, fill out the form below for a list of doctors and information. If you already have a doctor or nurse practitioner to sign your certification, they must create an account to submit your certification.
Questions? Check out our medical FAQ page.
A qualifying patient can have up to three caregivers registered to their medical card. The cost is $25 per year for each caregiver.
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 the same privileges of purchasing and possessing cannabis that patients do in Illinois. In order to qualify, caregivers must:
Agitation Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II)
Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
Hepatitis C Hydrocephalus
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease
Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Residual Limb Pain
Seizures, Including Those Characteristic Of Epilepsy
Spinal Cord Disease
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
There are a number of eligible conditions diagnosed from patient-reported symptoms, rather than clinical test results. These conditions afflict many people for decades before being diagnosed. Here are some reasons why you probably qualify for medical cannabis in Illinois, even if you don’t think you do.
Concussions are commonly caused by contact sports injuries, falls and car accidents. Anyone who has suffered a concussion can suffer life-long consequences, often with a delayed onset of symptoms. If you have nausea, dizziness or headaches, it is likely a doctor will diagnose you with post-concussion syndrome which will qualify you for a medical cannabis card.
This condition applies to people with any number of back issues, including herniated discs, as well as more common conditions like bulging discs. If you suffer from regular back pain you can likely be diagnosed with spinal cord injury and qualify for an Illinois medical cannabis card.
Symptoms of severe fibromyalgia include fatigue, numbness, burning sensations and chronic pain, but, because there is no test for severe fibromyalgia, an understanding doctor must rely solely on your group of symptoms in order to make a diagnosis. Severe fibromyalgia can devastate quality of daily life and is recognized in Illinois as a condition that is eligible for a medical cannabis card.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) applies to any survivor of physical or psychological trauma, whether in war or at home. Symptoms of PTSD can include anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, and uncontrollable thoughts. PTSD can be diagnosed with a single psychological evaluation, qualifying you for a medical cannabis card.
People often ask us whether depression and anxiety qualify for medical cannabis in Illinois. Although Illinois doesn’t recognize clinical depression or anxiety disorders as eligible conditions for medical cannabis, anxiety and depression are some of the most common symptoms of PTSD. If you experience these symptoms, we encourage you to speak with a sympathetic health care professional about psychological evaluation for PTSD.
Illinois has created separate medical cannabis application processes for minors, veterans, and those who are terminally ill.
Those diagnosed with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less can apply for a medical cannabis card valid for six months. There is no application fee.Terminal Illness Application Instructions
Veterans receive a reduced application fee. If you are a Veteran receiving care at a VA facility you do not need to upload a certification from a healthcare professional. Instead, log in to your My HealtheVet account and download your “VA Appointments” and “VA Medication History”. Then, upload those docs in place of certification in the State’s MCPP portal.Veteran Application Instructions