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Illinois Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in Illinois

In August of 2013, Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois signed and enacted into legislation a proposed medical marijuana measure that was responsible for establishing an alternative treatment for serious diseases causing chronic pain and debilitating conditions. The intended purpose of this Act is to protect patients with debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physicians and providers, from arrest and prosecution, criminal and other penalties, and property forfeiture if the patients engage in the medicinal use of cannabis.

Entitled The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, the measure establishes a patient registry program, protects registered qualifying patients and registered designated caregivers from "arrest, prosecution, or denial of any right or privilege," and allows for the registration of cultivation centers and medical marijuana dispensing organizations. Once the act goes into effect on January 1st of 2014, "a tax is imposed upon the privilege of cultivating medical cannabis at a rate of seven percent of the sales price per ounce."


How To Become A Medical Marijuana Patient In Illinois

  1. Must be at least 18 Years Of Age
  2. Must be a Legal resident in the state of Illinois with proof of residency
  3. A certification signed by a doctor that stating that in the physician's professional opinion the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana to treat or alleviate the patient's debilitating medical condition or symptoms associated with the debilitating medical condition
  4. Medical records showing a proof of diagnosis from 1 of the following qualifying conditions

Illinois Qualifying Marijuana Patient Conditions

Under the Illinois' medical marijuana program, inquiring patients would qualify for an Illinois medical marijuana card if they suffer from conditions such as:

Cancer, glaucoma, a positive status for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), hepatitis C, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, cachexia or wasting syndrome, muscular dystrophy, severe fibromyalgia or any spinal cord disease, including but not limited to: arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, Rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomyelia.

Patients may also qualify for medical marijuana if they suffer from a severely debilitating or terminal medical condition such as Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA), Parkinson's, Tourette's, Myoclonus, Dystonia, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I), Causalgia, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II), Neurofibromatosis, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, Sjogren's syndrome, Lupus, Interstitial Cystitis, Myasthenia Gravis, Hydrocephalus, nail-patella syndrome, residual limb pain, or the treatment of these conditions.