Dr. Miguel Antonatos, from Text2MD is available for virtual visits!
I want to continue to care for you during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. To respect your safety and the safety of those around you, and based on recent notice from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), examinations for Medical Cannabis Certification completion may be done by telemedicine until further notice and in-person appointments will not be required. We are now offering virtual appointments for Medical Cannabis Certifications in Illinois.
*If you wish to schedule a virtual appointment without downloading the app click here
Looking forward to serve you with affordable healthcare at the highest quality!
Miguel Antonatos MD
Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician
Cost: $99 Consultation
Free 1 month unlimited messaging with the physician
Illinois Medical Marijuana Card Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the qualifying medical conditions?
A: You must be diagnosed with one of the following debilitating health conditions as defined by the state to qualify:
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Anorexia nervosa
- Arnold-Chiari malformation
- Cachexia/wasting syndrome
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
- Chronic pain
- Crohn’s disease
- CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Fibrous Dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Neuro-Bechet’s autoimmune disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Residual limb pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)
- Severe fibromyalgia
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Spinal cord disease (including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
- Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
- Spinocerebellar ataxia
- Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
- Tarlov cysts
- Tourette syndrome
- Traumatic brain injury
- Ulcerative colitis
Q: How do I set up an appointment with a registered medical marijuana provider in Illinois?
A: You can schedule an appointment directly through our website using downloading Text2MD App or through the schedule appointment link, or give us a call/text at (855)-767-8559 and one of our friendly staff members will coordinate a date and time for you to get evaluated by a registered medical marijuana physician in Illinois.
Q: What do I need to provide for the evaluation and what is the cost?
A: You will need a valid Illinois Driver’s License, State ID Card, or Passport along with one or two proofs of Illinois residency such as utility bills, bank statements, pay stubs, etc. You will also need proof of your medical condition. Proof can include medical records, pill bottles, x-ray reports, prescriptions, doctor’s notes, etc. The evaluation fee is $99 as promotional fee until 11/2020 then $99.
Q: How long is my ID card valid for the Illinois Cannabis program?
A: Your registration identification card is valid for one, two, or three years depending on which application you submit to the state. You are required to be re-certified by a provider every 3 years or whenever your registry identification card expires.
Q: Will patients’ registration status be made available to the public?
A: No, you are protected under HIPAA Laws so only you and the provider who certifies you will know that you are an Illinois cannabis patient.
Q: Can veterans obtain medical cannabis in Illinois?
A: Yes! Veterans are eligible for a reduced application fee with the state and do not require a Physician Written Certification Form if they are currently receiving medical care at a VA facility. They will just need to submit 12 months of VA records with their application instead. Assistance for obtaining your VA records electronically can be found here.
Q: Will insurance cover the fees involved with the MMJ programs?
A: Unfortunately, no. This is because cannabis is still illegal at a federal level.
Q: Am I allowed to grow medical cannabis in Illinois?
A: Not at this time. Registered patients will need to obtain medical cannabis from one of the state-licensed dispensaries.
Q: Where are the dispensaries located?
A: Dispensaries are located throughout the state. You may visit any dispensary in Illinois with your card. Here is a list of Illinois dispensaries.
Q: How much marijuana will I be able to purchase and possess as a qualified, registered Illinois cannabis patient?
A: Registered patients will be able to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical cannabis in a 14-day period.
Q: What is a caregiver?
A: A caregiver is a person age 21 or older who is selected by the qualifying patient as someone who is authorized to obtain and possess medical marijuana from state-licensed dispensaries on behalf of the patient, as well as provide assistance in the administration of medical marijuana.
Q: What are the qualifications to become a caregiver?
A: To become a Caregiver for the medical marijuana program in Illinois, you must:
Be 21 years of age or older.
Be an Illinois resident (Must have IL Driver’s License, State ID or Passport along with proof of IL Residency).
Register online with the IL Medical Cannabis Patient Program.
Q: How do I apply to be a caregiver and are there any fees involved?
A: Complete the application for a designated caregiver registration card found here. You will given the option for a one, two, or three-year registry identification card or have the option to apply for a patient who is already registered, in which case the patient and caregiver card will have the same expiration date. The fees for each option are listed below:
One-Year – $25
Two-Year – $50
Three-Year – $75
Applying for Previously Registered Patient – $75