The process of getting a medical marijuana card in Illinois can be complicated, especially if you have to make several different stops to complete all the requirements. Some medical cannabis clinics only show you how to apply for a medical card, leaving you to find your own medical marijuana doctor in a sea of medical professionals who aren’t necessarily cannabis-friendly. If you’re one of those patients that wants to apply for a medical license but can’t seem to find a physician for the preliminary medical evaluation, we invite you to visit Medical Cannabis Outreach in Savoy, Pekin, Chicago, Wood River, Shelbyville, or Harrisburg, IL. We also have a medical cannabis clinic in Chesterfield, MO, as well as our newest location in Loveland, CO.

Each of our medical cannabis clinics has a friendly staff of clinicians who are ready to help you get the natural treatment you need to live a comfortable and happy life. As physicians with years of experience in the medical field, we understand the pros and cons of medical cannabis compared to other treatment options. In many cases, patients prefer medical marijuana and CBD products over narcotic painkillers due to the fact that they are non-addictive and come with fewer side effects. Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to know about the medical card application process.

Step #1: Get A Physician’s Approval

If you have a severe or debilitating health condition and are interested in applying for a medical cannabis card, the first step is getting written approval from a physician you know and trust. If you feel comfortable, you can talk to your primary care provider and see if they would recommend that you try an alternative treatment, such as medical cannabis or CBD. However, be prepared for some hesitancy on their part, as their job is to diagnose medical conditions and prescribe treatments that you can pick up from the pharmacy, as opposed to recommending natural treatment options. Still, some physicians may be open to the idea of you trying medical marijuana or CBD oil in addition to other prescriptions, but you never know until you ask. If you’re not sure how to talk to your physician about medical cannabis, check out our recent blog series (parts one and two) for some tips and advice.

At Medical Cannabis Outreach, we take the hassle out of applying for medical cards by offering in-house approvals. We have a team of cannabis-friendly physicians on staff who are more than happy to provide a consultation and determine whether or not you have a health condition that qualifies you for medical marijuana treatment. At our medical cannabis clinic, you won’t have to worry about personal values and politics getting in the way — we’re here to help you get the natural treatment you need, regardless of our own opinions about medicinal hemp.

Step #2: Fill Out The Medical Card Application

Once you’ve gotten a physician’s written approval, it’s time to fill out the medical card application. In the application, you’ll need to include your full name, address, date of birth, social security number, and proof of residency, among other pieces of personal information. You’ll also need to include your physician’s information, as well as your preferred medical marijuana dispensary. Then, you’ll need to select the registration term for your medical marijuana license, whether that be a one, two, or three-year registration. The cost of a medical card is as follows: $100 for a one-year registration, $200 for a two-year registration, and $250 for a three-year registration. Patients on Federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and U.S. veterans qualify for a reduced application fee of half the regular cost.

Unlike other medical card providers, we don’t charge an additional fee for filing your medical card application with us. If you’re confused about how to get a medical marijuana card, please feel free to ask for assistance at Medical Cannabis Outreach. Our clinicians can help you fill out the required fields and determine which registration term is best for you. We can also facilitate other aspects of the application process, such as the live scan fingerprint and photo ID. Once all components of the application have been completed, you’ll need to mail it to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Medical Cannabis (535 W Jefferson St. Springfield, Illinois 62761).

Step #3: Use Your Medical Marijuana Card

After submitting your medical card application, you can expect your medical marijuana card to be mailed to you in the next 60-90 days. Then, you’re free to use it at any medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois, including a number of CBD stores. During the first few weeks of having your medical card, it is important to figure out your ideal dose of CBD and/or medical marijuana so you get the most out of your treatment and don’t experience any uncomfortable side effects.

If you are interested in learning more about medicinal hemp or are looking to get a professional recommendation about your appropriate dose and consumption method, feel free to visit one of our medical cannabis clinics in Illinois, Missouri, or Colorado. Our clinicians would be happy to sit down with you and discuss different treatment options, whether that be medical marijuana, CBD, or both. We can provide expert advice to help you find the right CBD tincture, edible, topical, or vape, and we can explain the difference between sativa and indica for patients who prefer medical cannabis. We’re your resource for all things medical cannabis, and we can even come to you with mobile wellness clinics to optimize your relationship with medical marijuana and/or CBD.

Ready to apply for a medical card? Find a medical cannabis clinic near you, and visit us in Savoy, Chicago, Pekin, Wood River, Shelbyville, Harrisburg, Chesterfield, or Loveland for a consultation and physician’s evaluation. Thank you for choosing Medical Cannabis Outreach — we look forward to being part of your wellness journey with medical cannabis!