If you live in Illinois (or neighboring states), you’re probably celebrating the state’s legalization of recreational weed. But if you qualify for Illinois’ Medical Cannabis Patient Program, you have extra reasons to celebrate — and move forward with getting your medical card now.
It’s been a busy summer in Illinois. Along with the passage of recreational sales, the state’s expanded Medical Cannabis Pilot Program became permanent. We know that getting your medical card now might seem like a waste but there a many perks of getting your medical card, from up to a 39% savings on cannabis purchases to home grows. Luckily for you, going medical in Illinois and reaping the benefits is easier than ever.
We have partnered with Illinois dispensary, NuMed, to help you easily obtain your medical card, just click here to get started. If you’re still unsure if a medical card is the move for you then you’re in the right place. We have the answers to your burning questions about medical marijuana in Illinois and card benefits:
Qualifying for your medical card takes four simple basics:
The program makes a few important exceptions:
If you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) or school bus permit, you can’t get a card. Period. Active duty law enforcement officers, firefighters, correctional officers and correctional probation officers are excluded, too.
Thanks to recent changes, physicians aren’t the only ones who can certify you for medical cannabis. The state’s phasing in advance practice registered nurses (APRN) and physician assistants (PA) to certify qualifying conditions, too.
Keep in mind you’ll need to see your provider — in person, for a full exam — to get certified. That certification is only good for 90 days, so follow through with your application right away.
If you need help connecting with a certifying provider, your local dispensary can help. Reach out to a NuMed patient advocate by phone or online to help you through the process.
If you’re qualifying for medical cannabis through OAPP, you’ll need to renew your physician’s certification every 90 days or get certified for a regular medical card. NuMed can help with that, too.
The fastest, simplest way to get your medical cannabis card is to complete your application online. Fingerprints and background checks are history now.
Go electronic and you’ll have a temporary card and access to a licensed dispensary within 24 hours. Mail in a paper application and you’ll have to wait for your permanent card.
Application fees depend on the registration length:
Veterans and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients pay half the standard fee. Rates for OAPP cards run $10 per 90-day registration period. Application for the six-month terminal illness card is free.
Need a hand with your application? NuMed patient consultants can walk you through the steps.
As part of your medical registration, you’ll choose a dispensary. Change your mind about where to shop, and it’s easy to switch. You can change your dispensary to NuMed or switch your NuMed location online or by phone. They’ll help get your change everywhere it needs to go.
You have four big reasons to get your Illinois medical cannabis card, even with recreational sales on tap:
Even with a medical registry card, keep these guidelines in mind:
It’s also a good idea to always keep your medical cannabis card handy, along with your state ID. If you ever get confronted by law enforcement, relax and remember: It isn’t a bust. It’s legal weed.
As of August 15, 2019, the following 52 debilitating conditions qualify for an Illinois medical cannabis registry card:
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