How Do You Get A Medical Marijuana Card In Illinois?

Cannabis Dispensary Training and Certification

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There are two programs for the use of weed in Illinois called the Compassionate Use Of Medical Marijuana Program.   Illinois has already become the 11th state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but until that is in effect, these two programs are in play.

The Two Programs Are:

  1. The MCPP-Medical Cannabis Pilot Program
  2. The OAPP-Opioid Alternative Pilot Program

References: Medical Cannabis Patient Qualification. (n.d.). Retrieved May 27, 2019, from Find Medical Relief: (Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. (n.d.). Retrieved May 27, 2019).

What Are The MCPP-Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Qualifications?

Patients need one or more conditions for a medical cannabis registry identification card.

What Are The MCPP-Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Qualifications?


Patient qualifications to register for a medical marijuana I.D card
Cannabis Dispensary Training and Certification
  1. Identification proving your 18
  2. Proof of U.S residency
  3. Proof of identity
  4. Will need to have a signed physician certification (unless you are a veteran receiving care at a VA facility)
  5. Cannot have a school bus permit or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
  6. Cannot be in active duty law enforcement, such as a correctional/probation officer, or a firefighter.
  7. Must have one of the below qualifying medical conditions.

What Are the Medical Marijuana Card Qualifications?

Medical Marijuana Card Qualifications
Medical Marijuana Card Qualifications


  1. Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  3. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  4. Arnold-Chiari malformation
  5. Cancer
  6. Causalgia
  7. Inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy)
  8. Crohn’s disease
  9. CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  10. Dystonia
  11. Fibrous Dysplasia
  12. Glaucoma
  13. Hepatitis C
  14. Hydrocephalus
  15. Hydromyelia
  16. Interstitial cystitis
  17. Lupus
  18. Multiple Sclerosis
  19. Muscular Dystrophy
  20. Myasthenia Gravis
  21. Myoclonus
  22. Nail-patella syndrome
  23. Neurofibromatosis
  24. Parkinson’s disease
  25. Post-Concussion Syndrome
  26. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  27. Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  28. Residual limb pain
  29. Rheumatoid arthritis
  30. Seizures and Epilepsy.
  31. Intense fibromyalgia
  32. Spinal cord damage
  33. Spinocerebellar ataxia
  34. Syringomyelia
  35. Sjogren’s syndrome
  36. Tarlov cysts
  37. Tourette syndrome
  38. Traumatic brain injury
  39. Wasting syndrome (Cachexia)
  40. Spinal cord illness (including but not
  41. limited to arachnoiditis)

Reference: Medical Cannabis Patient Qualification. (n.d.). Retrieved May 27, 2019, from Find Medical Relief:

Rules About Minors

Medical Marijuana Rules Pertaining to Minors
Marijuana laws for patients under the age of 18.


Require two doctors:

  1. One to provide a certification.
  2. One doctor to review it.

Note: Designate one caregiver.

Designated adult caregivers of patients who are under 18 years of age can only buy medical cannabis-infused products from a dispensary that is registered.

  1. A School District
  2. Public School
  3. Charter School
  4. Nonpublic School
  5. Student’s Parent
  6. Guardian

Will then be able to give the medical cannabis-infused products to the student, on a school bus or school grounds.

The qualifying patient (student) and the guardian or parent, who must be a designated caregiver, require registry identification cards.

What Are the Medical Cannabis Card Fees?

Medical Cannabis Card Fees
Medical Cannabis Card Fees

  1. $100 for one year.
  2. $250 for three years.
  3. $200 for two years.

Reduced fees are available for Veterans and people enrolled in the federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability program.

Opioid Participants OAPP – What Do I Need to Know?

Opioid Participants OAPP – What Do You Need to Know?
Image of prescription drugs.

(Initiated January 31, 2019)

  1. OAPP-Opioid Alternative Pilot Program
  2. must be at least 21 years old
  3. Proof of residency
  4. Proof of identity
  5. Licensed physicians required that the patient has a qualified and certifiable medical disorder.
  6. Physician certifications are only valid for 90 days. They can be restored to allow patients to continue to get medical cannabis.

Note A $10 fee required for each 90-day registration period.

The Caregivers Guide to Medical Marijuana


  1. A designated caregiver can conduct the transporting of a patient’s cannabis. The caregiver must register to get and transport marijuana to the patient who is registered.
  2. Caregivers must fully complete a caregiver application.
  3. $25 caregiver fee included documentation
  4. Proof of residency
  5. Proof of age and identity
  6. The Caregiver’s signature on the document
  7. The caregiver’s request must with the patient’s request.

Note: You will be able to download your temporary card within 24 hours!

Download the “Caregivers Application” by clicking here.

Marijuana License Card Holder Laws?

What Are the Medical Marijuana License Card Holder Laws?
Laws regarding medical marijuana.

People in possession of a state-issued medical marijuana license can:

  • Purchase 2.5 ounces every two weeks or 14-day period.
  • Patients can submit a waiver under the following rules:
  1. A physician’s signature is required if the patient plans on purchasing more than 2.5 ounces.
  2. Physician statement authorizing that 2.5 ounces will be inadequate as an acceptable source to lessen an incapacitating medical disorder.
  3. If you are purchasing non-flowered, edibles concentrate, or other cannabis commodities, the marijuana flower pre-weight must be utilized.

Card Holder Penalties

Medical Marijuana Card Holder Penalties
Infographic: Penalties
Infographic: Marijuana Penalties

Reference: Illinois Laws & Penalties – NORML – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws. (2019). Retrieved from

5 Cannabis Do’s and Dont’s to keep in mind if you’re in Illinois

Employer Laws

Medical Marijuana Employer aws
Employer Laws

  1. Adhere to Drug-free policies.
  2. Employees need to adhere to cannabis policies, including drug testing and zero tolerance.
  3. Termination can occur if an employee fails a drug test.

Medical Marijuana Business Licenses

Medical Marijuana Business Licenses
Medical Marijuana Business License

2018 Summary

  1. 55 Licensed Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
  2. 2018 Revenue $136M, +55% LY
  3. 2018 Cultivation Centers — $74M
  4. 52,365 qualifying patients
  5. 371 persons under 18 years of age

Dry flower sales are average of 49% of transactions for the year.

March 2019 Update

  1. Revenue $17M
  2. $8M in dry flower
  3. $9.6M in concentrates/ infused
  4. OAPP patients registered — 1,000
  5. 350 Physicians registered
  6. MCPP-61,231 qualifying patients
  7. Cresco Labs expansion 5/3
Medical Marijuana Business Licenses Non-refundable fee Annual Fee
Cultivation Facilities (3 MAX) $25, 000 $200,000
Dispensary Facilities (3 MAX) $25, 000 $200,000


Note: Submission of a fee does not guarantee a license. The fee Submission is non-refundable.

  1. $100,000 renewal fee
  2. $500,000 in liquid assets
  3. $2M in Bond or escrow
  4. $150,000 for location and product
  5. Grand Total $3M Cash!
  6. Physicians must give up the license
  7. Background and fingerprinting required

Medical Marijuana Business Licenses Application Process

Medical Marijuana Business License
Medical Marijuana Business License

Merit Base Structure (rank applicants).

  1. Honesty
  2. Background review
  3. Know of the Principal Officers or Managers
  4. Business Proposal
  5. Community Connection
  6. Availability to Patients via Location

More information

For information on the program visit the IDPH website.

Questions about caregiver registration, call or email the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis at 855-636-3688 or [email protected].


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