If you’re a patient undergoing medicinal cannabis treatment for debilitating symptoms related to an approved medical condition, you must have a Medical Marijuana Card that allows you to visit authorized dispensaries, wellness centers, clinics and collectives to obtain and use marijuana and marijuana-based products to treat and minimize chronic symptoms and pain associated with a diagnosed disease, illness, or affliction1.
In the 29 states where you can obtain medical marijuana legally, you can apply for or renew a state medical marijuana card, but only if you meet the qualifications based on specific medical conditions as determined by your state’s Department of Health Services.
In Illinois, patients with a diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition can register with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for a state-issued Illinois Medical Marijuana Card if you have a marijuana recommendation from a certified physician. The card is valid for one, two, or three years2 from the issue date, and if you’re a registered qualifying patient, you can extend it for one or two years3.
To register for your Illinois medical cannabis registration identification card, you can apply both electronically at medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov and through the mail. After the IDPH receives your completed application (including the certification and background information submitted by your doctor), it will be reviewed within 30 days. Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you should receive an approval letter with 15 business days. Remember that your application must be complete! If it’s received incomplete, you’ll be notified by mail and asked to re-submit it within 21 days4.
If you need additional information about Illinois’ medical cannabis registration card process, you can find it online in the Frequently Asked Questions section at www.mcpp.illinois.gov 5.
There are financial as well as quality of life benefits to be gained from using medicinal cannabis as an effective, alternate method to opioids in easing the chronic pain and negative effects that accompany many of the qualified medical conditions it’s approved to treat. In the many forms that medicinal cannabis can be administered; in oils for topical use, foods that can be consumed, or in smoked and inhaled forms, from a financial perspective, the taxes one typically pays are lower than for marijuana that’s used recreationally in the states that have approved it.
If you’d like to locate a physician near you or consult one about introducing medicinal cannabis into your treatment regimen, contact MarijuanaDoctors.com.