The first medical cannabis is set to be sold in Illinois next month and Nature’s Care is proud to be one of sixty one dispensaries to offer this holistic and natural solution for long time sufferers. So, how does one obtain a card or find out what diseases qualify for medical marijuana treatment?
A report published by the Illinois Department of Health on October 1st shows more than one-third of 3,300 completed patient applications came from residents of Cook County (1,180 applicants). Counties with the next highest number of applicants were Will (193), DuPage (186), Lake (173) and Kane (115). Severe fibromyalgia and cancer were the top conditions listed, followed by spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis.
Currently there are 40 different illnesses that qualify for the Medical Marijuana Program:
|Spinal Cord Disease|
|Spinal Cord Injury|
|Traumatic Brain Injury|
|Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)|
|RSD – Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I|
|CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)|
|Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy|
Now, how do you go about getting a card? Below are the steps that one can take to properly obtain a card if you qualify:
- You must be 18 years or older.
- You must be an Illinois resident and provide two documents with proof of residency.
- You must have a diagnosis with one of the current qualifying conditions with your Physician’s recommendation.
- You must submit with a $100 nonrefundable fee to the Department of Health.
- This fee is reduced to $50 for Veterans or persons enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income.
- For parents acting as caregivers for minor children, two Physician recommendations are required.
- You must submit a current photograph for your card.
If you or a loved one are seeking more information on the Illinois Medical Marijuana Pilot Program, click here.