Frequently Asked Questions - Chicago Marijuana Dispensary
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What is Senate Bill 336 (SB 336) and how does it affect me?
Senate Bill 336 (SB 336) was signed by the Governor on 8/28/2018, and amends the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act into law. Listed below are the main changes:
- Removes fingerprinting/background check from the application process as of 08/28/2018
- Those denied Medical Cannabis Registry Card previously due to restrictions are free to resubmit new applications
- Allows the IDPH to issue provisional access to dispensaries until patient’s application is completed by the state
- Includes provision for an Opioid Alternative Pilot Program designed to allow access of medical cannabis to those with physician documented opiod perscriptions
- NEW patients can now apply for a Medical Cannabis Registry Card online at https://medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov
When does SB 336 go into effect?
Currently, we are awaiting the new administrative rules regarding the Opioid Alternative Program Act. Here is what we know so far:
- SB 336 gives the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) until December 1, 2018 to provide us with the new rules regarding the program
- As the program develops, more information will be available at www.dph.illinois.gov or www.mcpp.illinois.gov
- NEW patients can now apply for a Medical Cannabis Registry Card online at https://medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov/
Do I qualify for medical cannabis in Illinois?
All conditions that have been approved for medical marijuana use in the State of Illinois can be seen on our Qualifying Conditions page. Currently, the Illinois Department of Health is looking for feedback from prospective patients whose illnesses are currently not approved.
What is the application process?
Refer to the Become a Patient page on our website.
How do I renew my Medical Card?
You can now renew online via : https://medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov/
Be sure to click “Renew HERE”
Can Midway Dispensary refer me to a doctor?
Dispensaries are not allowed by the state of Illinois to refer any patients to a doctor for medical marijuana use. Start with your primary care physician or your pain management doctors if you’re looking seek treatment from a Chicago marijuana dispensary.
Can I use my non-Illinois medical cannabis card at your dispensary?
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to use your non-Illinois issued medical cannabis card at our Chicago dispensary. Only those patients who have undergone the application process in the state of Illinois are allowed to buy from Illinois dispensaries. If you know your condition has been approved for medical marijuana use in Illinois, you are encouraged to start the application process for an Illinois card as soon as possible.
How much marijuana can I purchase?
You may purchase up to 2.5 ounces every 14 days. Any patient who feels that they require more product than the current allowable limit may consult with their doctor and ask for a special recommendation.
What is medical marijuana?
The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat a disease or symptom. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine. However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications.
What are cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemicals related to THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient. Other than THC, the marijuana plant contains more than 100 other cannabinoids. Scientists have studied many cannabinoids and found that they can be extremely beneficial– and also that they can cause serious health effects when abused.
The body also produces its own cannabinoid chemicals. They play a role in regulating pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, body movement, awareness of time, appetite, pain, and the senses (taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight).
What is CBD?
There is growing interest in the marijuana chemical cannabidiol (CBD) to treat certain conditions. Scientists have been especially breeding marijuana plants and making CBD in oil form for treatment purposes. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and does not cause a “high.”
How might cannabinoids be useful as medicine?
Currently, the two main cannabinoids from the marijuana plant that is of medical interest are THC and CBD. THC may increase appetite and reduce nausea. The FDA-approved THC-based medications are used for these purposes. THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems.
CBD is a cannabinoid that does not affect the mind or behavior. It may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions.
Cannabis must be treated with all other medications, meaning it must be used properly and responsibly. Misuse or overuse of medicinal cannabis can result in numerous negative effects. It is important to adhere to the medical advice of your doctor and use good judgment when treating with medical cannabis.
The medical cannabis program in Illinois is a temporary pilot program. Our Chicago dispensary is committed to seeing that pilot program succeed. We believe the best way for it to succeed is for all patients, caregivers, physicians, and licensed facilities to work together to ensure cannabis is used intelligently and responsibly.
What are the precautions for use of medical cannabis in Illinois?
First, treat cannabis as you would any other medication. Cannabis has different effects on different individuals. Your medical cannabis is for you and only you—do not share it. Also, always use an appropriate dosage, and when in doubt remember less is better than more. Follow your doctor’s recommendations and make sure to ask questions of your Dispensary staff if you need more information about medicinal cannabis.
Next, properly store your medical cannabis in an airtight, childproof container out of direct light so that potency does not decrease. Keep all cannabis products out of reach of children and pets at all times. Cannabis edibles may look appealing to some children and animals. Avoid mishaps by storing your cannabis edibles in a safe and secure place.
Finally, always adhere to Illinois state laws when using medicinal cannabis. Some of the most important regulations to consider are listed below.
Do not consume cannabis in any public place. Refer to the Illinois Department of Health regarding where medical cannabis can be used. Using medical cannabis is prohibited in a school bus, on the grounds of any preschool or primary or secondary school, in any correctional facility, in any motor vehicle, in a private residence used at any time to provide licensed child care or other similar social service care on the premises and in any public place where an individual could reasonably be expected to be observed by others.
A public place includes all parts of buildings owned in a whole or part, or leased, by the state or local unit of government. A public place does not include a private residence unless the private residence is used to provide licensed child care, foster care or other similar social service care on the premises. Using medical cannabis is also prohibited in a health care facility or any other place where smoking is prohibited by the Smoke-free Illinois Act and knowingly in close physical proximity to anyone under the age of 18.
Do not possess or purchase more than 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis in a 14-day period.
Adhering to these simple guidelines will help ensure medical cannabis is used properly and kept out of the hands of minors and those who do not have proper authorization to use medical cannabis. For additional safety and responsible cannabis use resources from the Illinois Department of Public Health, visit the pages below:
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