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How do I go about getting a Medical Cannabis Card?

First things first!

In order to get an Illinois medical cannabis card, you must:

  • Be an Illinois resident and able to provide two proofs of residency
  • Complete the State’s online application
  • Get a physician’s certification

If you need a healthcare professional to certify you, fill out the form below for a list of doctors and information. If you already have a doctor or nurse practitioner to sign your certification, they must create an account to submit your certification.

If your primary doctor is unable to certify you, we have a list of doctors at the bottom of this FAQ that will certify you for a fee. Please stop in for more details.

Once you have had your appointment and your physician has done his or her part of the process its time to set up your IDPH Medical Cannabis account.

If a patient is unable to pick up their own medication, the state offers a caregiver program. A caregiver is someone designated by a patient to purchase cannabis either with the patient or on their behalf. Caregivers can accompany patients inside the dispensary or come alone to purchase without the patient. The patient is allowed up to 3 caregivers. Regardless, caregivers have all the same privileges of purchasing and possessing cannabis that patients do in Illinois. In order to qualify, caregivers must:

  • Be an Illinois resident
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Only serve this role for a single patient

More information can be found on the state’s website here

A full list of qualifying conditions here

There are 3 unique patient situations, here is a link to instructions for each situation:



Terminal Illness

Once your account is set up and you’ve paid the fee to the state, its time to wait for that approval and then print off your provisional!
Once you have your provisional license you are free to shop medically here at Mapleglen Care Center!

Side Note: If you lose your card, you can use the state’s online portal to print another one. you don’t have to apply for another one.


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