While the state of Illinois has made some progressive changes in their cannabis laws, including the decriminalization of possession, recreational use is still not legal within the state. This means residents and tourists are currently not allowed to purchase cannabis for recreational use. However, the state continues to permit the purchase of medical marijuana for card-carrying patients from licensed dispensaries.

In order to obtain a medical marijuana card in the state of Illinois, residents most suffer from at least one of the following medical conditions: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), spinal cord disease and injury, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia, Cachexia/Wasting syndrome, causalgia, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, CRPS, dystonia, hepatitis C, hydrocephalus, interstitial cystitis, lupus, muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, myoclonus, Nail-Patella syndrome, neurofibromatosis, Parkinson’s disease, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), reflex sympathetic dystrophy, residual limb pain, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I), severe fibromyalgia, Sjogren’s syndrome, spinal cord disease, Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), terminal illness, and Tourette’s syndrome.

Once an Illinois resident has been diagnosed with one or more of the conditions listed above by their licensed physician they must receive a physician certification form. From there, the patient must fill out the Illinois patient application form and pay the application fee. Currently, application fees are $100 for 1 year, $200 for 2 years, and $250 for 3 years. All application fees are non-refundable, and veteran application fees are listed at half the price. The application and fee must then be submitted along with a passport photo, proof of residency, proof of age and identity, and fingerprint consent form to the Illinois Department of Public Health in order to receive a medical marijuana card.