Legally Possessing Medical Marijuana in Illinois

Web Admin - Friday, December 06, 2013

On August 1st, 2013, the Illinois legislature passed The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, which allows the use of medical marijuana in Illinois. This bill, which goes into effect on January 1st of next year, expands access to marijuana for those with certain medical conditions. However, the law keeps it illegal for recreational purposes, and tries to maintain public safety by carefully regulating who uses the drug and how much is allowed.

Rules on Marijuana Use

The state legislature placed several restrictions on the legality of medical marijuana. The law allows people to obtain marijuana only if they have one of 33 illnesses listed in the Act. However, the law also gives the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the authority to add new diseases to the list as they see fit. The Act further limits the use of medical marijuana to people over the age of 18 who do not have a prior felony conviction. The legislature also attempted to control the spread of marijuana by requiring an Illinois ID card or driver’s license, so that people cannot travel to Illinois from other states just to get marijuana. Additionally, the Act forbids the use of marijuana in front of minor children.

How to Obtain Medical Marijuana

The process for acquiring medical marijuana eligibility contains three steps. First, a doctor must diagnose the patient with one of the 33 listed conditions, which include, among other diseases, cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS, and various pain disorders. Once the doctor diagnoses a patient with an eligible disorder, the patient can go to a medical marijuana clinic or other specialist to acquire a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana. The patient then takes that recommendation to the IDPH who will issue them an ID card that allows them to purchase medical marijuana.

Once the patient becomes eligible for medical marijuana, they can take their ID card to one of 60 state-regulated dispensaries, and use it to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. Patients should keep in mind that the state heavily controls the supply of medical marijuana, which means that it may take a few months after the bill goes into effect before the medical marijuana actually becomes available.

Legal Help

If you have questions about the legality of medical marijuana, or have been charged with a crime related to medical marijuana, contact an experienced Chicago drug defense attorney today. We serve many areas in the northwest suburbs including Schaumburg, Barrington, Des Plaines, Deer Park, Buffalo Grove, and more.

Recent Posts


Palatine civil attorney appealing an insurance claim Illinois bicycle safety mass shooting Illinois jet ski accident lawyer operating agreements foreclosed rental property accidental death benefits Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Rolling Meadows real estate attorney Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Schaumburg personal injury lawyers liens child safety Palatine insurance lawyer institutional trustee Illinois insurance dispute lawyers estate planning lawyer Transfer on Death Instrument fiduciary rule denial of life insurance Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer living wills Illinois employment law attorneys taxes condo ObamaCare job lawyers Inverness personal injury attorney Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Illinois wrongful termination lawyer crossover accidents homestead rights Deer Park traffic lawyer breathalyzer test car accident lawyers medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers South Barrington real estate attorney Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Illinois employment law license revocation Illinois probate lawyer Barrington employment attorney Buffalo Grove employment lawyer spinal cord injuries Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer Liquor Control Act Palatine criminal defense lawyer real estate attorney civil rights violation Crystal Lake traffic attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer insurance claim denials license suspension rent to own real estate contracts Chicago employment lawyer probate lawyer car collision Joliet general practice lawyers Palatine drug lawyer estate planning trusts comp time drunk driving statistics Des Plaines injury law firm Forcible Entry Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney Attorney Ken Apicella Long Grove real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer traumatic brain injuries Illinois employment lawyer estate plan bicycle dooring accidents personal injury law firm marijuana Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney living trust Chicago car accident lawyer creditors Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer Exclusions Illinois speeding lawyer Home Remodeling Repair Act Employment Discrimination Law Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Buffalo Grove law firm insurance claim healthcare claims digital assets special needs trust Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers deadly crashes estate attorney Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Crystal Lake employment law attorney Buffalo Grove traffic attorney DNR unpaid overtime insurance claim dispute attorney Illinois employment law attorney Illinois traffic attorneys Rolling Meadows Attorney unfunded trust distracted driving accident victims Des Plaines claims law firm problem employees Deer Park real estate law firm workers compensation benefits distracted driving accidents living trust benefits boating accidents auto accidents Schaumburg civil litigation attorney insurance denial appeals Inverness traffic law firm Inverness probate lawyer fiduciary rule delay digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Illinois personal injury South Barrington real estate lawyer Schaumburg corporate attorney Schaumburg real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer School Visitation Rights Act privacy laws Chicago corporate attorney Illinois Trust Code forming a corporation in Illinois Palatine corporate law attorneys home inspection lawyer Super Mario Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Chicago biking tips Illinois traffic accident lawyer sole proprietorship Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers dynasty trusts overtime pay uninsured motorist Colin Gilbert Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Barrington employment law attorney overtime violations estate planning attorney living trust vs will Schaumburg criminal law attorney Barrington criminal defense lawyer subcontractor PTSD Des Plaines accident attorney senior citizens Barrington criminal lawyer Des Plaines personal injury attorney medical malpractice compensation car crash injuries blended families Deer Park criminal attorney employment law BAIID Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer hiring employees Affordable Care Act Des Plaines pet law attorney Illinois defective products attorney pedestrian accident Illinois DUI attorney blood alcohol content Crystal Lake will lawyer Fourth of July Crystal Lake tax lawyer Illinois workplace discrimination attorney dealing with problem employees texting and driving Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Inverness real estate attorney Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Thanksgiving denied insurance claim cell phone car crashes dram shop law personal injury claims Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney sexual harassment Schaumburg employment law attorneys real estate zoning Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents Inverness insurance attorney traffic laws Des Plaines insurance attorney Barrington attorney Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, insurance claim delay Rolling Meadows business lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Buffalo Grove probate lawyer Landlord Tenant Ordinance Arlington Heights tax lawyer Schaumburg Attorney Buffalo Grove corporate attorney insurance claim dispute traffic violations defense Illinois workplace lawyer criminal defense consent to a search Barrington boating accident attorney wage theft DGAA Colin H. Gilbert Crystal Lake law firm suspended license employee discrimination unauthorized overtime insurance agents back injuries controlled substance Illinois insurance claim attorney Illinois traffic laws Palatine personal injury lawyer Palatine traffic lawyer rumble strips Inverness accident lawyer federal crimes POA Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Palatine civil litigation lawyer caretaker rights license elder abuse rest breaks medical malpractice claims Illinois law Crystal Lake employment attorney Barrington employment law firm Illinois tax attorney Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Rolling Meadows employment law attorney Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Des Plaines civil attorney Barrington Traffic Lawyer dog bites Barrington civil litigation attorney head on collisions Illinois traffic attorney Illinois car accident attorney drunk driving Illinois LLC creation swimming pools traffic violations Arlington Heights criminal lawyer drug crimes Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney murder charges Arlington Heights injury attorney condo association Des Plaines tax law firm Arlington Heights insurance attorney Deer Park personal injury lawyer drugs Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney health insurance dispute disability benefits Long Grove estate planning attorneys Illinois estate planning attorney probate fees Illinois estate planning defective products Palatine injury attorney Chicago trucking accident attorney Self-Directed IRA Accounts Palatine probate lawyer Illinois living will Palatine workers compensation lawyer insurance denials insurance negligence drug crimes lawyer sexual images Illinois medical malpractice lawyers BUI life insurance policy Arlington Heights employment attorney bad faith insurance claims employment lawyer corporate law Arlington Heights Attorney pay when paid contract Schaumburg criminal attorney Schaumburg injury lawyer Des Plaines real estate lawyer employee misclassification ken apicella Illinois driving without license Palatine construction attorney Chicago traffic lawyer Des Plaines DUI attorney construction accidents Illinois business law atorneys trauma after an accident car accidents landlord gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys Illinois corporate lawyer Illinois traffic ticket lawyer texting while driving Long Grove estate planning Schaumburg elder law lawyer icy parking lots Illinois medical malpractice claim insurance attorney Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Schaumburg employment attorney Illinois employment attorneys wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace liability claims Mt Prospect Attorney eluding a police officer Barrington real estate lawyer insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys insurance adjusters Des Plaines personal injury lawyer breach of contract Arlington Heights personal injury attorney preventable medical errors Buffalo Grove real estate attorney Rolling Meadows employment attorney murder defense Arlington Heights real estate lawyer meal breaks Rolling Meadows accident lawyer investment property cell phone accidents Deer Park employment law attorney rollover car crashes Barrington personal injury lawyer products liability Barrington injury attorney traffic crimes Illinois trusts attorney bicycle accidents insurance dispute DUI defense wills Arlington Heights TBI attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer wills and trusts Deer Park accident attorney Schaumburg insurance lawyers Palatine corporate attorney Illinois real estate lawyer drug crime work unions golf accidents Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Schaumburg probate attorney Palatine traffic accidents underfunded trust Illinois insurance claims lawyers Illinois workers compensation lawyer surgical mistakes Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Legal Info Illinois Smoke Detector Act pedestrian accidents Palatine punch death Inverness real estate lawyer caregiver Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney traumatic brain injury involuntary manslaughter Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer pet bites jet ski trustee Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Illinois attorney changes to mortgage law Barrington business law firm traffic accidents Rolling Meadows tax attorney Long Grove estate planning attorney drug possession independent contractor Des Plaines real estate attorney ACA Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Inverness civil lawyer pet law Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney commercial real estate Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission compensatory time Illinois elder law attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Illinois Human Rights Act Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Arlington Heights accident attorney insurance agent negligence employees traffic offenses Illinois personal injury attorney Illinois will lawyer medical malpractice Illinois small business holiday statistics Illinois wills and trusts advance healthcare directive Palatine employment attorney Chicago lawyer workplace sexual harassment loss of consortium social media after death real estate leasing bike accident Rolling Meadows landlord tenant law startup company personal injury attorney fault based insurance Illinois personal injury lawyers boating DUI Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer DUI attorney Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Illinois civil litigation lawyer insurance dispute attorney Inverness DUI lawyer real estate lawyer Kenilworth estate planning attorney Illinois workers compensation attorney Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer trucking accidents Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality Palatine estate planning lawyer marijuana crimes attorney Family Medical Leave Act field sobriety test vacation home fines Fair Labor Standards Act tax attorney Rolling Meadows traffic law firm manufacturing Illinois insurance attorney Schaumburg traffic lawyer traffic tickets Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Palatine elder law attorney trench injuries Crystal Lake car accident attorney insurance disputes Chicago estate planning lawyer Illinois medical malpractice case Des Plaines collections attorney civil litigation hands free device Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Des Plaines drug lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal attorney owner responsibility insurance claims Arlington Heights lawyer commercial leases Palatine law firm commercial leasing Palatine employment lawyer Illinois pet lawyer Illinois home inspection slip and fall foreclosure digital evidence construction contracts Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Illinois pedestrian accident attorney Long Grove real estate attorney Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Deer Park DUI lawyer Chicago will attorney estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Illinois Sales Representative Act IRELA wrongful death workers comp Schaumburg Illinois injury lawyer employment law, Illinois employment laws criminal record Barrington drug crime attorney Inverness elder law lawyer Illinois insurance lawyer civil litigation attorney real estate contract Illinois insurance disputes Illinois employment law firm mortgage GM ignition switches criminal law Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney Crystal Lake accident attorney digital information Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Crystal Lake injury attorney first degree murder Barrington estate planning lawyer medical marijuana Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer trucking accident lawyers license reinstatement Crystal Lake business law attorneys reckless homicide Barrington estate planning attorney guardianship attorney construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation wrongful termination jet ski accidents spinal cord injury natural gas Illinois criminal defense attorney personal injury accidents FMLA Illinois employment laws Palatine Attorney Illinois business lawyer insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys contracts small business personal injury claim nursing home negligence hit and run accident Chicago estate planning driving Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer no contest clauses real estate expungement insurance claim denial premises liability Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys college kids Home Sale Contingencies estate planning Illinois collections attorney new real estate form car accident Detainer Actions Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute severance agreements DUI penalities revenge porn FSLA real estate attorneys probate Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Do Not Resuscitate slip and fall accidents Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers probate claims trusts IRS attorney fees minimum wage cell phone tower data Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers IRA benefits pizza emoji Barrington litigation attorney anesthesia errors pedestrian-automobile accident workers compensation DUI real estate closing Des Plaines criminal attorney Crystal Lake insurance lawyer Chicago insurance claim attorneys product liability Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument automated cars preventing accidents Illinois construction accident attorney internet residential real estate motorcycle accident healthcare Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer murder life insurance lawyer Palatine business attorney Schaumburg estate planning attorney brain injury Schaumburg estate attorney federal regulations for LLCs probate process Inverness estate planning lawyer underinsured motorist fatal car accidents food poisoning right to work vacation home Schaumburg wrongful death attorney filing a medical malpractice claim Crystal Lake employment lawyer Illinois boating accident lawyer Mount Prospect elder law attorney Whistleblower Claims employment attorney privacy car crash Illinois trucking safety Palatine trusts lawyer Policy Cancellation Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Illinois rollover accident lawyers comparative negligence financial advisors personal injury lawyer Chicago employment attorney Illinois red light cameras Illinois lawyer employment contract Arlington Heights traffic attorney pregnant women digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, Chicago insurance law firm Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer boating under the influence pain and suffering Chicago attorney Illinois registered agent Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers Crystal Lake pet attorney Deer Park traffic accident attorney income distribution deducation Jay Andrew rollover accidents Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Schaumburg personal injury attorney llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Des Plaines installment contracts elder law Barrington workers compensation attorney car accident lawyer probate claims process medical research Palatine employment law lawyer medication errors Schaumburg estate planning lawyer gift taxes life insurance claims Inverness corporate attorney Illinois wills and trusts attorneys speeding agent IRA trust transfer Illinois job attorney traffic deaths Illinois CAM deed transfer unpaid assessment Inverness injury lawyer Retaliatory Discharge Illinois employee rights attorney. coronavirus BAC Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Rolling Meadows insurance attorney trust payments personal injury Illinois mortgages clemency Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Illinois medical malpractice attorney Schaumburg car accident attorney modern family estate planning business litigation capital gains tax low-ball insurance settlement Illinois real estate criminal Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys whistleblower protections Kenilworth estate planning attorneys paid sick leave Illinois estate planning law firm underage DUI loopholes life insurance employee rights Barrington personal injury attorney Palatine real estate lawyer Class A misdemeanor denied insurance claims Arlington Heights car accident lawyer DMV Illinois personal injury lawyer Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm estate tax truck collisions LLCs TBI Rolling Meadows traffic attorney motorcycle accident lawyer irrevocable trust in terrorem provision defective products lawyer Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer power of attorney for healthcare natural gas explosion power of attorney liability Kenilworth estate planning lawyer personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys estate planning for college students