To shop medical cannabis menus in Illinois, you need a medical cannabis card. But don’t worry: the application process is easy. Here’s how it works.
Be 18 years or older or have parental consent
Be a resident of Illinois with a valid state ID
Have a qualifying condition (see below)
Obtain written certification from a qualified physician
Book an appointment with your doctor and ask if medical cannabis may be right for you. If they diagnose you with a qualifying condition, they can provide written certification. Need help finding a physician? Ask us how.
Yes, marijuana is legal in Illinois both recreationally and for medical use. The state legalized medical marijuana in 2013 under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Recreational marijuana use was legalized on May 31, 2019, with the passing of the Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, and recreational sales began in January 2020.
To purchase medical marijuana in Illinois, you must first obtain a registry identification card from the Department of Public Health. This requires you to have a written certification from a physician stating that you have a qualifying debilitating condition.
The cost of medical marijuana in Illinois varies depending on the specific product and the dispensary.
To get a prescription for medical marijuana in Illinois, you need to have a physician assess your medical condition and whether you qualify. The physician will then provide a written certification, which you submit as part of your application to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Illinois does not have reciprocity for out-of-state medical marijuana cards. This means that if you have a medical marijuana card from another state, it cannot be used to purchase medical marijuana in Illinois.
However, some states do offer reciprocity for Illinois medical card holders. Always check with the current regulations, as laws are subject to change.
If it has been less than three years you may extend your card online. If it has been longer than three years since your physician completed your certification paperwork you will need to renew your card. To renew your Illinois Medical Marijuana Card, you need to reapply through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). This process typically involves the following steps:
To avoid a lapse in your ability to access medical cannabis, you should begin the renewal process at least 45-90 days before your current card.
In Illinois, a medical marijuana patient may visit multiple dispensaries in a single day. However, patients must be aware of and adhere to purchase and possession limits for the state. In addition, all purchases are tracked in a statewide database to prevent exceeding state limits. Always verify the most recent rules and regulations for the state, as they are subject to change.
No, you may not travel across state lines with cannabis or cannabis products. It is against federal law.
No, it is illegal to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle, aircraft, or motorboat while using or under the influence of cannabis in violation of Sections 11-501 and 11-502.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code
The use of medical marijuana in public places is generally not allowed in Illinois. However, medical marijuana may be used in one’s own residence or in private places. Specific rules may vary, so it’s important to check local laws and regulations before consuming cannabis.
For recreational users, you must show a valid government-issued ID proving that you are 21 or over.
Accepted forms of ID include:
In addition to a government-issued ID, medical patients will need a valid permanent (or provisional) card to get access to the medical menu.