Dealing with a chronic condition or disease can be draining emotionally, physically, and financially. Your health should be at the top of your priority list, but sometimes it can seem like there are plenty of other factors that are standing in your way. Luckily in 2013, Illinois passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which allows physicians to prescribe medicinal marijuana to those who have a qualifying condition. If you’re interested in becoming a medicinal marijuana patient, here’s a quick guide on how to apply.
Before applying – There are certain rules, you need to adhere to before applying for a medical cannabis registry card.
- You must be a resident of Illinois at the time/during treatment
- You must have a qualifying condition
- You must have a written doctor’s consent
- You must submit to a background check and fingerprinting
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must NOT hold a school bus driver’s permit or a CDL
- You must not be an active police officer, corrections officer, probation officer, or firefighter.
Application process – The application process to become a medical marijuana patient is as follows:
- You must have your physician complete the Physician Certification Form and mail it to the Illinois Department of health.
- You must fill out the application and send to the Illinois Department of Health with the following documents:
- Photograph – it’s usually recommended that you use a passport photograph
- Proof of Age/Identity – Generally, a clear version of your Illinois driver’s license is applicable here
- Two documents that have proof of residency – This could be a pay stub, voter registration card, or a variety of other types documents listed in the application
- Fingerprinting receipt – This confirms that your background check/fingerprinting has been done.
- Benefit Verification Letter from the SSA or a DD-214 (for Veterans and Caregivers only)
If you’re looking for a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois that is there to help you, turn to us at Midway Dispensary today.