Once your completed application has been submitted, you are supposed to hear back within 30 days, but a much-maligned backlog has resulted in significantly longer wait times currently up to 90-120 days to receive your card in the mail from the state. If you are approved, you then have to select which dispensary you will be receiving your cannabis from for the entire year, as they cannot sell to you until you have completed this step. (You can also elect to have a caregiver pick up your weed on your behalf, but this requires some additional hoops to jump through and a different form.) If approved, you are able to purchase up to 2.5 ounces every two weeks, at an average price of around $16-$18 per gram.
How do doctors qualify to prescribe medical marijuana?
Any doctor can prescribe marijuana, Marks said. No special licensing is required. “The Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program requires physicians to certify the diagnosis of a debilitating condition or terminal illness for a qualifying patient seeking to apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card,” said Campbell. “Whether or not a physician chooses to provide a written physician certification is up to the healthcare practitioner. In other words, physicians do not prescribe medical cannabis in Illinois, they only have to certify that the patient suffers from one or more of the approved conditions.”