How Do I Register

HOW DO I REGISTER?

New patients are assigned a Healthway Patient Services

Coordinator who can assist you every step of the way on your path to health and wellness

WHAT DO I NEED?

To qualify for a patient registry identification card with the State of Illinois, and have all the necessary components to complete your application, you will need to produce documentation proving you meet all of the necessary requirements.

AGE REQUIREMENT
Must be at least 18 years of age OR have an adult caregiver with a physician’s certification from two physicians.
ILLINOIS RESIDENT
Must be a legal adult resident of the State of Illinois with full proof of residency before, during, and after the time of application.
BACKGROUND CHECK
Must provide proof of identity, proof of age, a 2x2 passport-style photograph, and provide a copy of a signed fingerprint consent form with the Livescan fingerprint vendor receipt that contains a Transaction Control Number.
DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDATION
Must provide a certification signed by a doctor stating that the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana and has been diagnosed with one of the qualifying.conditions listed in the Illinois Compassionate Care Act.
DECLARED CAREGIVER
Must provide a certification signed by a doctor stating that the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana and has been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions listed in the Illinois Compassionate Care Act.
AGE REQUIREMENT
Must be at least 18 years of age OR have an adult caregiver with a physician’s certification from two physicians.
ILLINOIS RESIDENT
Must be a legal adult resident of the State of Illinois with full proof of residency before, during, and after the time of application.
BACKGROUND CHECK
Must provide proof of identity, proof of age, a 2x2 passport-style photograph, and provide a copy of a signed fingerprint consent form with the Livescan fingerprint vendor receipt that contains a Transaction Control Number.
DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDATION
Must provide a certification signed by a doctor stating that the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana and has been diagnosed with one of the qualifying.conditions listed in the Illinois Compassionate Care Act.
DECLARED CAREGIVER
Must provide a certification signed by a doctor stating that the patient is likely to receive therapeutic or palliative benefit from the medical use of marijuana and has been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions listed in the Illinois Compassionate Care Act.

QUALIFYING CONDITIONS MORE

• Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
• PTSD
• Terminal Illness
• Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
• Cachexia/wasting syndrome
• Cancer
• Causalgia
• Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
• Crohn's disease
• CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
• Dystonia
• Fibromyalgia (severe)
• Fibrous dysplasia
• Glaucoma
• Hepatitis C
• Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
• Hydrocephalus
• Interstitial Cystitis
• Lupus
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Myasthenia Gravis
• Myoclonus
• Nail-patella syndrome
• Neurofibromatosis
• Parkinson's disease
• Post-concussion syndrome
• RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
• Residual limb pain
• Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
• Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting Jan 1, 2015)
• Sjogren's syndrome
• Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia
• Spinal cord injury
• Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
• Tourette’s syndrome
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

TALKING WITH YOUR DOCTOR

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has expressed its commitment to the effective implementation of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Your physician is part of the implementation process and can assist you on your path to relief.

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Physicians should have a ‘bona-fide’ physician-patient relationship with the qualifying patient.
  • Physicians may accept payment from a qualifying patient for the fee associated with the examination required before recommending medical cannabis.
  • Physicians are entitled to a safe harbor under Illinois state law. The Medical Disciplinary Board may not discipline physicians for making a proper certification for medical cannabis to qualifying patients.
  • Physicians will want to know all of your current symptoms, how you are currently treating those symptoms, and how often you are currently treating your symptoms.
  • Ask your doctor if your use of the following medications should be adjusted with the use of medicinal cannabis

HOW TO REQUEST

  • Bring any available medical records you may have with you to your appointment
  • Whether you have lost your appetite, seeking to relieve pain, or subdue nausea & vomiting, explain to your physician why you would like to consider using of medicinal cannabis.
  • Be prepared to inform your physician that you are aware of the side effects that may occur like: dry mouth, dry or red eyes, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, or anxiety.
  • Ensure you use appropriate language like medical cannabis or medical marijuana and refrain from using slang terms such as pot or weed when discussing the benefits of medical cannabis.
  • Know that your doctor is not writing a prescription, but certifying that you have at least one of the qualifying conditions.

KNOWING THE LAW

Carry Your Card

After you receive your medical marijuana card there may be circumstances where you will be required to inform law enforcement that you are a participant in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act and offer to show your registry identification card.

Use Of Medical Cannabis

You can use medical cannabis in a private residence, unless it is used to provide licensed childcare, foster care or other similar social service care. Using medical cannabis is not permitted in any public place where an individual reasonably expects to be observed by others. Use is expressly prohibited in a school bus, school grounds, correctional facilities, motor vehicles, publicly owned or leased buildings, health care facilities or any other place where smoking is prohibited by the Smoke-free Illinois Act and knowingly in close physical proximity to anyone under the age of 18.

Outside Illinois

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act only applies in Illinois. If you are visiting another state, your use of medical cannabis is not protected under Illinois law.

Confidentiality

The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act only applies in Illinois. If you are visiting another state, your use of medical cannabis is not protected under Illinois law.
*This information is not offered as legal advice but provided as general guidance. A qualifying patient or registered cardholder should always consult with a private attorney if he or she has questions concerning the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act or their rights under federal and state law. should always consult with your own private attorney to discuss the protection of your rights.

Have a Question?

Write a question and we will give you more detailed information.