2013 Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed the law that made
marijuana legal for medical use. While this was widely applauded,
especially among advocates for cannabis use of all kinds, the process
of obtaining marijuana from a medical professional requires
navigating a specific set of steps.
Interest and demand proved
considerable immediately after legalization passed. Will County,
Illinois, is the fourth most populous county in Illinois. Internet
searches on, “Medical
Cannabis Will County”
spiked there following the 2013 law.
Will County residents
discovered that obtaining cannabis required jumping through a series
of bureaucratic hoops. For example, applicants must be 18 years of
age and have proof that they are legal residents of Illinois. They
are also required to have a genuine diagnosis from a licensed medical
doctor naming the debilitating medical condition to be treated with
All of the above must be approved by Illinois
Department of Public Health which then issues a registry
identification card to the patient.
The applicant must then
work through a formal application process. Getting this done requires
that three specific forms must be filled out. They are a Physician
Certification form, a Qualifying Patient Application form and a
Caregiver Application form. The latter is handled by the caregiver or
Another requirement of note is that applicants must
send a 2”x2” (passport size) photograph of themselves. It must be
“only yourself,” with your full face showing with absolutely
nothing in the background. Consulting with a local passport photo
service is a good place to get this done easily.
All of these
forms can be easily found online, including the very helpful site of
a company called Greenhouse, a Chicago-area medical cannabis
dispensary firm. A search on “Medical Cannabis Will County” will
readily lead seekers to that site. You can also go directly to the
Greenhouse site now.
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