In August 2013, Illinois became the 20th state to authorize a program for the cultivation and dispensing of cannabis for medical purposes. I believe this is a low-risk alternative to pain control over the usual pain medications and a much lower risk than narcotic pain medications. For this reason, I, as a practicing physician for over 25 years, will prescribe medical cannabis.
We are here for your care, not only for the initial consultation, but for the ongoing care of the condition, or the symptoms of the condition, that causes the need for medical cannabis.
The program has criteria that must be fulfilled in order to get a card as outlined below.
All qualifying patients who apply for a medical cannabis registry identification card must have their debilitating medical condition certified by a certifying health care professional (advance practice registered nurse-full practice authority, advanced practice nurse, physician assistant, or doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO)) once every three years or if their medical cannabis registry identification card expires. The certifying health care professional must:
• Have a bonafide Health Care Professional-patient relationship with the qualifying patient. The bonafide Health Care professional-patient relationship may not be limited to issuing a written certification for the patient or a consultation simply for that purpose.
• Have responsibility for the ongoing care and treatment of the qualifying patient's debilitating condition, provided that the ongoing treatment and care shall not be limited to or for the primary purpose of certifying a debilitating medical condition or providing a consultation solely for that purpose.
• Complete an in-person full assessment of the patient's medical history and current medical condition, including a personal physical examination prior to completing the Health Care Professional certification. The assessment of the qualifying patient's current medical condition shall include, but not be limited to, symptoms, signs, and diagnostic testing related to the debilitating medical condition.
• Certify that the qualifying patient is under the Health Care Professional's care, either for the qualifying patient's primary care or for his or her debilitating medical condition or symptoms of a debilitating medical condition.
To qualify for a patient registry identification card, a qualifying patient must:
● Be a resident of the State of Illinois at the time of application and remain a resident during participation in the program;
● Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition;
● Have a signed physician certification (unless you are a veteran receiving medical care at a VA facility);
● Be at least 18 years of age;
● Not hold a school bus permit or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL); and
● Not be an active duty law enforcement officer, correctional officer, correctional probation officer, or firefighter.
● 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 characteristics 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 an objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity
● Spinocerebellar ataxia
● Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
● Tarlov cysts
● Tourette syndrome
● Traumatic brain injury
● Ulcerative colitis