How to Become a Patient – Chicago Medicinal Marijuana
Midway Dispensary has all of the necessary forms from the state of Illinois ready for you to start the application process. Using the information provided below, you can apply for Chicago medicinal marijuana today. Be sure to follow the instructions that apply to you, as there are different processes for patients, designated caregivers, and patients under 18.
If you are already licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health and wish to select us as your medical cannabis dispensary, you can do so by simply designating “Midway Dispensary, City of Chicago” on your application. To select Midway as your chosen marijuana dispensary in Chicago, click here.
For instructions on how to change your registration from another Chicago dispensary to Midway, click here.
Documents you will need for your application:
- Identification: You must have proof of identification and age, which usually can be done with a valid government issued photo ID. This can be an Illinois Driver’s License or state ID.
- Physician Certification: Have your doctor fill out and submit the Physician Certification Form to the Illinois Department of Public Health certifying your qualified condition.
- Two (2) documents that have a proof of residency: Bring two (2) documents that state your proof of residency. These documents could be any of the following:
- Current utility bill
- Voter Registration Card
- Pay stub issued within 60 days
- Bank statement
- Property tax bill
- Insurance policy
- Medical claim or statement of benefits
- W-2 from most recent tax year
- Tuition invoice from college or university
- For Veterans:For Veterans, please make sure to bring your DD214 and VA medical records stating your qualifying condition and ongoing treatment over the last 12 months.
- Benefit documents: If applicable, please have your Benefit Verification Letter from the SSA for supplemental or disability income readily available.
- Photograph: You must have a 2” x 2” passport-style photo if mailing the application or a self-taken photo if submitting electronically. The photo must be taken against a white background and have your entire face showing in the picture.
- Fingerprinting documents: You must have your fingerprint consent form and fingerprint receipt stating that you’ve submitted through an approved fingerprint vendor
- Payment: Bring a type of payment (for the online application) or a check/money order if you are mailing in your application. The application fees are as follows:
- $100 for one year
- $200 for two years
- $250 for three years
- Please note that military veterans, SSDI, and SSI patients may have their fee reduced in half. Contact us for details.
Basic Steps for Applying
Submit your Application
Submit your application with the attachments the Illinois Department of Public Health and appropriate fee for a 1, 2 or 3 year medical cannabis card.
Please call Midway Dispensary at (872) 267-7038 with any questions!
General Applicant Information
Applicants should consider discussing medical cannabis with their physician before beginning an application to any marijuana dispensary in Chicago. All the candidates, with the exception of veterans receiving care at a VA facility, must provide written certification from their physician for the use of medical cannabis.
Printable Forms for Designated Caregivers
Do you know someone with a qualifying condition that would benefit from medical cannabis? Do you qualify as a designated caregiver? If you answered “Yes” to either one of these questions, please review and fill out the forms below:
Printable Forms for Qualifying Patients Under 18
Effective January 1, 2015, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act was amended to provide registration identification cards for qualifying patients under 18 years of age. This allows underage patients to access medical cannabis-infused food products for treating or alleviating symptoms associated with one or more debilitating conditions.
Applicants under 18 must obtain certification from a physician with whom they have a bona fide relationship and from a reviewing physician. Additionally, parent/custodial parent or legal guardian of the qualifying patient under 18 years of age must serve as the caregiver for the patient. To get started, review and fill out the forms below to submit to the Illinois Department of Public Health:
Online Patient Application
Patients and caregivers may now submit registry applications online. Please note that this is only the patient application; you will still need to submit the Fingerprint Consent form (within 30 days of application), and your doctor must still submit the Physician Certification before visiting our Chicago dispensary.
Additional Materials Required with Your Application
In addition to the forms above, you must also submit the following materials with your application.
- Application Fee of $100 for 1 Year, $200 for 2 Years, or $250 for Three Years (Military Veterans, SSDI, and SSI Patients May Have Their Fee Reduced by Half)
- 2″X2″ Passport Style Photo (White Background, Full Face Showing)
- Proof of Residency (For Example: State ID, Utility Bill, Voter ID, Bank Statements)
- Proof of Identity and Age (Copy of Valid Government Issued Photo ID)
Where to Mail Application Materials
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761-0001
Information for Physicians
The Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program requires physicians to be the gatekeeper for access to medical cannabis. A physician may be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 to practice medicine and must have a current controlled substances license under Article II of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act. No other licensed profession (including dentists) may recommend a qualifying patient for medical cannabis use.
The Physician-Patient Relationship
Physicians are not “prescribing” medical cannabis. Instead, a doctor is asked to certify that, in his or her professional opinion, a qualifying patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the use of medical cannabis to treat or alleviate the patient’s debilitating medical condition or symptoms of the debilitating medical condition, and that the potential benefits of the medical use of cannabis would likely outweigh the health risks for this patient. See 410 ILCS 130/10(y).
Physicians should have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the qualifying patient. A physician should be able to comfortably certify that the qualifying patient is under the doctor’s care, either as the patient’s primary care physician or for his or her debilitating medical condition. See 77 Ill. Adm. Code 946.10.
Physicians may accept payment from a qualifying patient for the fee associated with the examination required before recommending medical cannabis. However, physicians may not receive any remuneration for making a medical marijuana recommendation, nor can they accept any compensation from any dispensary for such a recommendation. Physicians are entitled to a “safe harbor” under Illinois state law. See 410 ILCS 130/35.
The Medical Disciplinary Board may not discipline physicians for making a proper certification for medical cannabis to qualifying patients. See 410 ILCS 130/25(e). Unlike other pharmaceuticals, doctors cannot “overprescribe” medical cannabis. Physicians are not required to regulate dosage, strain, or administration of medical cannabis. Under the law, qualifying patients are unable to procure unlimited amounts of medical cannabis.
For more information, please visit the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program website. Please reach out to us at our marijuana dispensary in Chicago if you have any remaining questions about the application process.