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Once you have registered with Leafwell and been approved by one of our medical marijuana doctors online, apply to the state medical marijuana program. Receive your MMJ card and start shopping for your medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
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Both medical cannabis and adult use of marijuana is legal in Illinois.
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act
House Bill HB 4870 (AKA Ashley’s Law)
Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act
The Illinois law lists the following medical conditions as qualifiers for a medical cannabis card:
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For medical card holders – 2.5 ounces
For recreational users – 1.05 ounces (30 grams)
For medical card holders – up to 5 plants in your house or on the property
For recreational users – not permitted
Illinois does not have reciprocity. Therefore, the state does not recognize other states’ medical cannabis cards
An Illinois medical marijuana card is recognized by some other states with reciprocity.
The following states accept or recognize out-of-state medical marijuana cards:
However, this does not always mean you can purchase cannabis at a medical marijuana dispensary (non-medical adult use is fine) – just that you are protected by the state’s medical marijuana laws to some extent. It is wise to call the dispensary ahead if you are a medical cannabis patient from another state and you intend on purchasing medical marijuana.
The qualifying condition usually has to match between states, so if your qualifying condition is accepted in one state and not your visiting state, your recommendation is not necessarily valid. You are also beholden to the visiting state’s medical marijuana laws, not the state that issued your card.
The following states accept out-of-state applications, allowing a visiting patient application to use medical cannabis for the duration of their stay:
While the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act does not require employers to accommodate on-the-job use of medical marijuana, it does prohibit employers from “penalizing a person solely for his or her status as a registered qualifying patient” for medical marijuana in Illinois.
Those who are working with the vulnerable (e.g. children), those working in federal jobs, and those who are operating heavy machinery or vehicles as part of their employment may be tested and potentially terminated, especially if it can be proven that performance was impaired.
Contaminants that must be tested for under state law include “pesticide chemical residue” and “residue solvent” alongside microbiological contaminants and mycotoxins. There is no mention of heavy metals.
In all states with a medical marijuana program, the only way to purchase medicinal cannabis products is via a legally-licensed dispensary or pharmacy, or another legally designated space to purchase cannabis. Only those with a legal license to sell cannabis can actually do so.
All states with a medical marijuana program have some restrictions on where a person can legally use cannabis. Near schools, nurseries, parks or other places where children are expected to be, using cannabis is illegal. Use of cannabis on or in federal land or buildings, hospitals or any other such healthcare space is also illegal. Private members club and landowners may also prohibit cannabis use on their property or restrict it at their discretion.
The safest place to use medical cannabis is in the safety of your own home. It is wise to use common sense and generally keep consumption out of public view, and utilize discreet consumption methods wherever possible.