Who Qualifies?

The purchase of medicinal cannabis in Illinois is restricted to individuals who have been approved for an Illinois Medical Cannabis Qualifying Patient Registry Identification Card. Under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, this includes qualified patients and their caregivers.

To be a registered qualified patient, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a legal resident of the state of Illinois with proof of residency
  • Must have been diagnosed by a bona fide physician as having a debilitating medical condition and written certification with their professional suggestion for the use of medical cannabis.
  • Must have been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and issued a registry identification card

How to Apply

Getting approved for the use of medical cannabis can be a little confusing. Here’s a breakdown of the process:

  • The application process begins by getting written consent from your physician by filling out the form found below. Your physician must complete the document and submit it to the Illinois Department of Public Health within 90 days of your appointment.
  • You will be required to fill out the application below to become a qualifying patient:
  • If you are a caregiver of a patient, you will need to fill out a separate application form, found below:
  • All forms must be submitted with proof of residency, age, and identity. Proof of residency needs to include two different documents with matching addresses that prove you live in the state of Illinois. Proof of age and identity can include a copy of any government issued photo ID.
  • You will also need to send a 2”x2” (passport size) photograph of yourself—only yourself, with your full face showing with absolutely nothing in the background. You may want to consult a local passport photo service to do so.
  • You can now apply online! Please note, patients cannot apply for the one or two year card online, only the three year card.

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