How to Get a Medical Cannabis Card in Illinois

Use this guide to quickly navigate the program and find out the steps you need to take in order to enroll. For official information, visit the state’s website for specific details and requirements. Always speak with your healthcare professionals first.

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Find Out if You Qualify

  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Autism
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuro Behcet’s
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy 
  • Residual limb pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
  • Severe fibromyalgia
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
  • Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Superior Canal Dihiscence Syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Choose an Application

Any patient diagnosed with a life expectancy of 6 months or less, regardless of the type of illness or condition, qualifies for an expedited medical cannabis card, with no fees or finger printing requires for either the patient, or the caregiver.

Complete Your Physician Forms


Your primary care physician will be the best person to certify your condition for your application. If your physician is unwilling to certify, you have the right to find a new physician. Applications are valid for 90 days from the date of the in-person examination. From there, you will submit your application, and the physician certification form together.


Final Steps

The last step is to simply get your photo taken for your application. Patients can visit any CVS or Walgreens for a passport photo. Additionally, you can submit a selfie, but the photo must show your face forward and visibly against a white background.

Now its time to let the system go to work for you. Your documents will be prepared by several state departments, including the Department of Health and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Here are the final steps you can take while you await your card.


If you already have your card and just need to renew. The Illinois Department of Public Health will send you a notice before your card expires. You can also find information here or log into their online portal to renew.



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cHECK oUt Faqs

You can find a list of Frequently asked questions here to help you save time and learn what others may have already asked, freeing you up to focus on the more important things.



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