Illinois Medical Marijuana

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Qualifying Conditions

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • “Any medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician based on generally accepted standards of care”
  • Arnold Chiari malformation
  • Autism
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome type 2
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Dystonia
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail patella syndrome
  • Neuro-Behcet’s autoimmune disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis

State Agency

Medical Cannabis Patient Program (MCPP)

Physician Certification

All qualifying patients who apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card must have their debilitating medical condition certified by a certifying health care professional (advance practice registered nurse-full practice authority, advanced practice nurse, physician assistant, or doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO)) once every three years or if their medical cannabis registry identification card expires. The certifying health care professional must have a bona fide Health Care Professional-patient relationship with the qualifying patient. The bona-fide Health Care Professional-patient relationship may not be limited to issuing a written certification for the patient or a consultation simply for that purpose.


How much does medical cannabis cost?

At this time, health insurance, Medicaid,and Medicare do not cover medical cannabis costs. All registered qualifying patients are responsible for the application fee(s) and the cost of purchasing medical cannabis

How much medical cannabis can a registered qualifying patient purchase?

A registered qualifying patient may purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis during a 14-day period. This amount of medical cannabis, called the “adequate supply,” is defined in Section 10 of the Act. Purchases of medical cannabis can only be made at a licensed medical cannabis dispensary.

Can a Health Care Professional charge for a Health Care Professional written certification?

Qualifying patients do not need to pay a special fee to their Health Care Professional for the Health Care Professional written certification. The Health Care Professional may accept payment for the fee associated with the personal physical examination required prior to issuing the written certification.

Does the Health Care Professional provide the qualifying patient with a prescription specifying the dosage appropriate for medical cannabis use?

No. The Health Care Professional written certification does not constitute a prescription for medical cannabis.

Does IDPH provide a list of medical providers who will certify patients for the medical cannabis program?

No. In order for a Health Care Professional to certify a qualifying patient for medical cannabis, there must be a bona fide Health Care Professional-patient relationship. Qualifying patients should begin the application process by having a discussion with the Health Care Professionals who treat their debilitating conditions and their primary care provider. IDPH will not maintain or publish a list of practitioners who issue Health Care Professional certifications.

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