Applying for Medical Marijuana Card

Q: How do I apply for a medical marijuana card?

Simple! Fill out a patient registration form on our website (click here), and one of our Patient Care Specialists will reach out to you within 48 hours to help you get the ball rolling.

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Q: What are the qualifying conditions for the Illinois medical marijuana program?

There are 40 qualifying conditions, which are as follows:

  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome

Persons diagnosed with a terminal illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less may also apply for the program.

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Q: Are there any costs affiliated with applying for my medical marijuana card?

Qualifying patients and caregivers may apply for a one-, two-, or three-year Registry Identification Card. Persons who are receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans may be eligible for a reduced application fee.

Application Fees for Qualifying Patients

  • $100 - One-year Registry Card
  • $200 - Two-year Registry Card
  • $250 - Three-year Registry Card

Reduced Application Fee

  • $50 - One-year Registry Card
  • $100 - Two-year Registry Card
  • $125 - Three-year Registry Card

Application Fees for Designated Caregivers

In order to enter or make a purchase of medical cannabis at a licensed dispensary or assist a registered qualifying patient with the use of medical cannabis, the designated caregiver must have a Registry Identification Card.

  • $25 - One-year Registry Card
  • $50 - Two-year Registry Card
  • $75 - Caregiver applying separately for a patient who has already been registered (the expiration for the caregiver and the patient card will be the same)

Additional Information

Qualifying patients enrolled in SSDI or SSI - submit a "Benefit Verification Letter" from the Social Security Administration that shows your name and address and the types of benefits that are received. This letter must be dated within the last year. You can get this letter by using your My Social Security account online at https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/.

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Q: As a Veteran, is there a different process for applying for my medical marijuana card?

Yes. Veterans receiving health care at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affarirs (VA) facility, do not need to provide a physician written certification, but must instead provide medical records from the VA facility from the last 12 months.

  • Use VA Form 10-5345 to request these medical records. If you have received medical care for your debilitating medical condition for more than 5 years at a VA facility, you must mark "OTHER" on VA Form 10-5345 under "INFORMATION REQUESTED" then write that you are requesting information about the treatment of your qualified coniditon for the most recent 12-month period. Under "PURPOSES OR NEED FOR WHICH THE INFORMATION TO BE USED BY INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM INFORMATION IS TO BE RELEASED" write "PERSONAL MEDICAL PURPOSES." Under "NAME AND ADDRESS OF ORGANIZATION, INDIVIDUAL OR TITLE OF INDIVIDUAL TO WHOME INFORMATION IS TO BE RELEASED" write your address. The records will be sent to you.
  • To obtain VA medical records electronically, go online to www.myhealth.va.gov/index.html
  • Once you receive your official medical records, you must submit the medical records with your application.
  • You must also send a copy of Form DD214 with your application.

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Purchasing Medical Marjuana

Q: How much cannabis can I purchase?

2.5 ounces every 14-day period. This means that if you purchase 1 ounce on the 1st of the month, that purchase will count against your limit until the 15th.

Any patient who feels that they require more cannabis than the currently allowable limit may consult with their physician and ask for a recommendation for more than the 2.5 ounces currently allowed for purchase every 14 days.

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Q: Can I use my medical marijuana card from another state to purchase cannabis at your dispensary?

Unfortunately, no. Only the patients that have been approved for medical marijuana in the State of Illinois are allowed to buy from Illinois medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Q: Does THC offer a Veteran or Senior Discount?

Absolutely! We offer a 10% veteran discount, as well as a 10% senior (65 discount. We do require veterans to provide a valid military ID, or another form of verification, in order to receive their discount.

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Q: Does THC offer a Rewards Program?

You better believe it! Our reward program is simple: as a member you automatically receive reward points with every purchase. For every $1 spent, you receive 1 reward point. These points are redeemable at any time, with or without a purchase. Rewards points can be redeemed for medicine, paraphernalia, apparel, or discounts on your purchase. Our full reward point menu will be available very soon.

Our reward program doesn't stop there... Every month there will be double-point and triple-point days that you won't want to miss! We will also be doing a monthly sweepstake. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase, or you can redeem reward points for raffle tickets. The winner of our monthly sweepstake will be announced on the final day of each month.

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Q: I do not have a medical marijuana card; can I still visit your dispensary?

Yes. We have a large public-access area that offers a wide variety of products to shop: glass, vaporizers, apparel, and more. We also offer free educational material to the public.

With that said, if you do not have an Illinois medical marijuana card, we cannot permit you access to anywhere else in our dispensary. Nor will we sell any cannabis, cannabis-infused, or cannabis-related items to you under any circumstance.

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Q: My Illinois medical marijuana card is expired; am I still able to purchase medicine?

No. You will need to obtain your new Illinois medical marijuana registry card before you can purchase medicine.

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Q: I left my patient registry card at home; am I still able to purchase medicine?

No. Patients must present a valid Illinois medical cannabis registry card every visit before entering our dispensary or making a cannabis purchase.

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