Medical FAQs

Any resident of the state of Illinois can apply who has one of more the program’s qualifying medical conditions and does not have any criminal felony drug convictions. Children under 18 are also eligible.

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, enabling them access to medical cannabis-infused food products for treating or alleviating symptoms associated with one or more debilitating condition. Applicants under 18 years of age 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. Please complete the “Application for a Designated Caregiver Registry Identification Card” on the Forms page of our website or the medical cannabis website and mail application materials to:

  Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis 535 W. Jefferson St. Springfield, IL 62761-0001 Required application materials:
Visit our instructions on How to Get a Card. Applicants should consider discussing medical cannabis with their physician prior to beginning an application. All applicants, except for veterans receiving care at a VA facility, must provide written certification from their physician for the use of medical cannabis.   Patients and caregivers may now submit medical cannabis registry applications online through a secure electronic application which can be found at: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis Persons unable to use the online application may mail application materials to: Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis 535 W. Jefferson St Springfield, IL 62761-0001 Required application materials:

There are currently 39 approved qualifying conditions in the state of Illinois:

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation and
    Syringomelia
  • Cachexia/wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammartory Demyelinating
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain
    Syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency
    Virus (HIV)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-Patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • RSD (Complex Regional Pain
    Syndromes Type II)
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Seizures, including those
    characteristic of epilepsy
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI

Beginning January 1st through January 31st, and from July 1st through July 31st, Illinois residents may petition the Illinois Department of Public Health to add debilitating medical conditions or diseases to the Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program. Petitions postmarked January 1 through January 31, and from July 1 through July 31 will be accepted for consideration. Petitions must be mailed with all required documents to the following address (petitions may not be submitted via e-mail):

 

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

The Petition form can be found at: The Petition to Add a Debilitating Medical Condition form with detailed instructions can be found on the Forms page of our website and on the medical cannabis program website.

A designated caregiver is a person who is selected by a qualifying patient as the person authorized on the qualifying patient’s behalf to obtain medical cannabis from a certified medical cannabis dispensary and to dispense and assist in the administration of medical cannabis. Caregivers must enroll in the program. A designated caregiver is issued a medical cannabis registry identification card that allows him/her to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis on behalf of their patient. It is not legal for caregivers to consume, by any means, medical cannabis that has been dispensed on behalf of a registered qualifying patient. All necessary application forms may be submitted online or through the mail and can be found on the Forms page of our website and on the medical cannabis program website.

A qualifying patient who is a veteran and receiving medical care and treatment at a VA hospital must:

 

  • Be an Illinois resident and provide two valid items proving residency.
  • Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition.
  • Provide a copy of his or her U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official hospital medical records requested on VA Form 10-5345. If you have received care for your debilitating medical condition for more than 5 years at a VA facility, you must mark “OTHER” on VA Form 10-5345 under “INFORMATION REQUESTED” then specify that you are requesting information about the treatment of your debilitating medical condition for the most recent 12-month period. Under “PURPOSE(S) OR NEED FOR WHICH THE INFORMATION IS TO BE USED BY INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM INFORMATION IS TO BE RELEASED” write “personal medical purposes.” Under “NAME AND ADDRESS OF ORGANIZATION, INDIVIDUAL OR TITLE OF INDIVIDUAL TO WHOM INFORMATION IS TO BE RELEASED” write your address. Once you receive your official medical records, you must submit the medical records with your application.
  • Provide a copy of his or her DD214 or equivalent certified document indicating character and dates of service.
  • Complete the fingerprint-based background check and not have been convicted of an excluded offense.
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee with the signed Registry Identification Card Application to the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis.

No, health insurance will not cover any cost associated with medical cannabis.

Hatch’s brand new, state-of-the-art facility features an expansive 3,000 ft² showroom with the highest quality selection of medical marijuana products available in Illinois. Located in Addison, it is easily accessible for residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Our experienced staff will be happy to aid in your selection process and are always available for private, one-on-one consultations regarding your medical marijuana needs.

To select Hatch as your dispensary, complete the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Selection Form and submit using one of the following methods:

 

E-mail: DPH.ChangeDispensary@Illinois.gov
Fax: 217-782-1321
Mail:
Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson Street MC-002
Springfield, IL 62761-0001

The Medical Cannabis Dispensary Selection Form can be found on Forms page of our website and on the medical cannabis program website.

Mindful’s Dispensary District Number is 24.

You will be contacted by IDPH by phone or email once your dispensary selection is processed. You will be able to enter your new dispensary 24 hours after you receive confirmation from IDPH.

Illinois dispensaries are currently cash only.

https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis

 

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

Additional answers can be found online at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/prevention-wellness/medical-cannabis

 

Calls about debilitating conditions can be directed to IDPH Medical Cannabis: 217-782-1230.

Qualifying Patients or Consumers may also send questions via email to: dph.debilitatingconditions@illinois.gov.


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