Illinois Medical Marijuana Card Laws
June 17, 2016

Illinois Medical Marijuana Card
In order to be afforded legal protection of the Illinois Medical Marijuana law, qualified medical marijuana patients must register with the state patient registry and possess a valid identification card by submitting a marijuana card application, to the Department of Consumer Protection.

Qualified registered Illinois patients, may legally possessan “adequate” supply of medical marijuana. The state law defines an “adequate supply” specifically, as “2.5 ounces of usable cannabis during a period of 14 days, derived solely from an intrastate source”.

* Please note: Illinois patients and caregivers are strictly prohibited from cultivating cannabis.


  1. Patients must be a resident of Illinois with proof of residency.
  2. Patients must be at least 18 years of age.
  3. 2×2 Photo Copy Picture
  4.  Fingerprint / Background Check
  5. To qualify for an Illinois medical marijuana card, a patient must be as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified under state law:
    • Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia/wasting syndrome, muscular dystrophy, severe fibromyalgia, spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis), Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia, Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette Syndrome, Myoclonus, Dystonia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I), Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type II), Neurofibromatosis, Chronic inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, Myasthenia Gravis, Hydrocephalus, nail-patella syndrome or residual limb pain;
    • or the treatment of these conditions.
    • Seizures, including those related to epilepsy, effective January 01, 2015
  6. Patients are required to submit a Patient Application Form, along with an application fee in the amount of $100, or $50 for persons enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs, and veterans, to the Illinois Department of Public Health. *
  7.  If mailing, this application must be submitted to:

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761-0001

An Illinois medical marijuana card is a form of personal patient identification that is issued by the state’s Department of Health or watchdog organization, that is responsible for qualifying a patient, personal caregiver, or dispensary agent.

This Illinois medical marijuana card shall verify that a medical practitioner has provided a written form of certification to the qualifying patient and that the patient has designated the individual as a personal caregiver, or that a medical treatment center has met the terms of law.

An Illinois marijuana card shall identify to the state’s department and law enforcement, that individuals are exempt from any Illinois criminal and civil penalties, for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.