FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are the most common questions we see come across our communities.
Will I Lose My Gun Rights If I Obtain a Medical Cannabis Card
No. You will not lose any of your cards, or have firearms confiscated. You will not however, be able to purchase firearms at federal retail stores. More on the subject here.
How Do I Pass a Drug Test?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a guaranteed way to do this without ceasing consumption. Exercising, drinking lots of water, and taking supplements may help, but are never guaranteed. Some people may resort to synthetic solutions, but these are illegal and highly discouraged. For best results, cease consumption 30-45 days before having to test.
How Long Does It Take to Get My Cannabis Card?
It can take anywhere from 3 to 100 days depending on the state you live in. Click below for state specific information.
How Long Does It Take to Receive My Cannabis Card in Illinois?
Illinois: It takes about 60-90 days total from the time you apply. And when the state cashes your check, you are about 2 weeks out from getting it. Do note however, that the state cashing your check does not mean that you are guaranteed an application approval.
How Do I Follow Up On My Application With the State?
Once 30 days have passed since the submission of an application, patients can email the state at DPH.MedicalCannabis@Illinois.Gov to request an update. You can also call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 855-636-3688, although they may not immediately answer.
For email, just copy and paste the following message, and fill in your name and other information in parentheses.
“Subject Line: Status Inquiry for (insert patient and/or caregiver first and last name and date of birth)
Body of email to IDPH as follows:
To Whom It May Concern:
I am inquiring about the status of my application submitted on or around (insert date of application). I can be reached at (your email address and telephone number).
Patient Name (insert your name or name of patient you are inquiring about)”
How Much Can Cannabis Can I Purchase?
Patients in Illinois can purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis products every 14 day period, starting from the first day of purchase.
How to Switch Dispensaries in Illinois?
Switching dispensaries simply requires you to fill out this form, and emailing it to DPH.ChangeDispensary@Illinois.Gov
Alternatively, you can fill out the form, and contact the dispensary you want to switch to for further assistance. Always be sure to call the dispensary you want to switch in advance to ensure they have what you need or are looking for, and to verify that you are registered in their system before visiting.
How to Change Application or Card Information
To change your name, address or other pertinent information on your card, download the application on the State website and submit the associated fees. Click HERE to view.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Caregiver Card?
If applying at the same time as the patient, the cards will be received almost in the range of 70-110 days it takes to process an application. If submitting after the patient as registered, it typically takes 3-4 weeks according to reports from patients in our communities.
You can download a caregiver application HERE.
How Long Does It Take to Receive My Cannabis Card in Maryland?
Maryland: This state processes applications much faster. Patients can expect to receive their cards in as little as 2 weeks.
How Long Does It Take to Receive My Cannabis Card in New York?
Upon successful registration with the online system, your card should arrive in the mail within 7 business days.
How Much Can Cannabis Can I Purchase?
Registered Organizations may dispense up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana to a certified patient or designated caregiver, pursuant to any recommendations or limitations made by the practitioner on the certification. Registered Organizations report their medical marijuana dispensing to the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) database, so that prescribers may review their patients’ controlled substance histories and make informed treatment decisions.
How Long Does It Take to Receive My Cannabis Card in Pennsylvania?
Residents of Pennsylvania can obtain a medical cannabis card in as little as 3 days.