Pot smokers rejoice! Legal cannabis sales have made visible progress in Illinois. With a handful of dispensaries now open, including the first one in Chicago, the time is coming to discontinue those awkward conversations with your pot dealer and pay a visit to a professional budtender to heal what ails you.
However, our state isn’t the stoner paradise of Colorado or Washington just yet. There is still a serious application process you need to navigate first. So we thought we’d put that information together for you in this handy guide to scoring legal green in the Windy City.
Step 1: Figure out if you qualify
You can’t just show up to a dispensary in your Wiz Khalifa T-shirt and say you like to party. There are currently 39 approved chronic debilitating illnesses that qualify you to apply for a medical marijuana card, and they are no joke. Conditions include cancer, AIDS, lupus, MS, Parkinson’s, glaucoma, epilepsy, and Tourette syndrome. However, eight additional conditions are expected for approval from the state soon, that would cover various pains, post-traumatic stress, and irritable bowel syndrome. So if you suffer from one of these conditions, move on to step two.