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.
QUALIFYING CONDITIONS MORE
• Terminal Illness
• Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
• Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
• Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
• Cachexia/wasting syndrome
• Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
• Crohn's disease
• CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
• Fibromyalgia (severe)
• Fibrous dysplasia
• Hepatitis C
• Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
• Interstitial Cystitis
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Myasthenia Gravis
• Nail-patella syndrome
• 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 DOCTORThe 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 CardAfter 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 CannabisYou 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 IllinoisThe 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.
ConfidentialityThe 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.