The Qualification Process for the Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act
The Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act will require a strict certification process. While we must adhere to Illinois law in our duties, we endeavor to make the medical marijuana application registry process as quick and easy as possible for our patients.
Following are the steps in the qualification process:
First and foremost, you must have a medical condition that qualifies you for the use of medical marijuana under Illinois state statutes for the legal use of medical cannabis.
If you suffer from any of the conditions below, you could benefit from the use of medical marijuana:
Positive status for human immun deficiency virus
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
Spinal Cord Disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and post-concussion syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Arnold-Chiari malformation & Syringomyelia, 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, or the treatment of these conditions; or (2) any other debilitating medical condition or its treatment shall be added by the Department.
Step One: Medical Record Collection
The first step in the medical marijuana application process is extensive documentation of your medical condition. Without current and verifiable medical records, our physicians will be unable to certify your condition under Illinois law.
Although there are conditions where a patient will qualify for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act without the necessity of full documentation, the Illinois Marijuana Clinics require that all your records are current within the last year to document your qualifying condition. If you prefer that we handle your medical record collection, you must complete the medical release form and fax or mail it to our office so that we may request your medical records from your current treatment providers.
If you already have your medical records, you can fax or email them to us, whichever is more convenient.
•Fax records to 312.488.2666 Please note that faxed records are limited to no more than 25 pages.
•eMail records to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Step Two: Physician Review
Upon receipt of your medical records, our physicians thoroughly review the records to determine if you qualify for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. If additional documents are required for the review, a staff member will contact you and let you know which documents are needed for our records. If you qualify for the program, we will call you to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians.
Step 3: Certification Appointment
At your certification appointment, our physicians will talk with you about your qualification for certification of a medical condition that may qualify you for the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. By law, our physicians must only discuss your qualification for the program. After review and approval, qualified patients will receive a signed Physician Certification Form that will allow them to apply to the state for an Illinois Medical Marijuana Registry Card. In order to receive the Physician Certification Form, patients must present a valid Illinois ID, such as a Illinois Drivers Licence or Illinois ID Card, along with the physician visit fee. Please note that insurance companies do not cover medical marijuana consultations or the state’s medical marijuana application fee.
Step 4: Application for Medical Marijuana Registry Card
In order to obtain your Medical Marijuana Registry, you must send the following information to the Illinois Department of Health Services: •Signed and dated State Medical Marijuana Application Form •Physician’s Certification •Caregiver Attestation (if applicable) •Photo ID
NOTE: Many all of these rules may change when the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act passes in Illinois.