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Illinois Medical Marijuana Card

Illinois Medical Marijuana Card Program

Medical marijuana became legalized in the state of Illinois on August 1, 2013. This date marks a moment in time where Illinois became the 20th state within the country to legalize marijuana for strict medicinal purposes. The passing of this measure occurred at 11:54 a.m. when the Governor of the state, Pat Quinn, signed House Bill 1. This legislation will allow the medicinal use of marijuana for patients with specifically outlined medical conditions that are recognized by the state. Patients will soon embark on a four-year trial program where patients with a marijuana card will be legally permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana.

Although the state's medical marijuana program is not scheduled to release medical marijuana cards until the calendar year of 2014, patients that believe they would qualify under state outlined conditions can begin to establish a bona-fide relationship with a physician who can oversee their medical health regimen with cannabis. It’s important to obtain as much information and guidance as one possibly can before using any alternative health options.


  1. To qualify for an Illinois medical marijuana card, a patient must be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following debilitating medical conditions that is specifically identified under state law:

    Cancer, glaucoma, a positive status for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), hepatitis C, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), muscular dystrophy, Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, a spinal cord injury or disease, a traumatic brain injury or one or more injuries that significantly interferes with a patient's daily activities as documented by the patient's licensed medical practitioner.

  2. Patients also have to be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Patients must be a resident of Illinois with proof of residency.


An Illinois medical marijuana card is a form of personal patient identification that is issued by the state’s Department of Health or watchdog organization that is responsible for qualifying a patient, personal caregiver, or dispensary agent. This Illinois medical marijuana card shall verify that a medical practitioner has provided a written form of certification to the qualifying patient and that the patient has designated the individual as a personal caregiver, or that a medical treatment center has met the terms of law. An Illinois marijuana card shall identify for the state’s department and law enforcement that individuals are exempt from any Illinois criminal and civil penalties for conduct pursuant to the medical use of marijuana.