Illinois

Illinois’ medical marijuana program is still in its infancy, having only been signed into law in 2013. The state has approved the operation of state-licensed dispensaries, however none are yet fully operational. Medical marijuana patients in Illinois are entitled to possess up to two and a half ounces of usable marijuana in any given 14-day period. Home cultivation is strictly forbidden for patients in Illinois, and the program is only open to in-state residents. An estimated 2,800 patients are currently enrolled in Illinois’ medical marijuana program. Patients seeking to apply for a medical marijuana card in Illinois may do so through the Illinois Department of Public Health. Patients in Illinois can submit their applications via mail, or they can apply for a medical marijuana card online. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and and submit documentation proving both residency and a physician’s certification of qualifying ailment. The application process is completely free. Illinois has a relatively high selection of qualifying ailments with approximately 35 to date:
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold Chiari malformation
  • Cachexia/Wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome type 2
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Dystonia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette's syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome
For more information about how to apply for a medical cannabis card in Illinois, contact the Illinois Department of Public Health by phone.
  • (217) 782-3300