Created to provide helpful information about the Illinois Cannabis Industry.

BioTrackTHC is the Illinois Official State Cannabis Traceability System

Illinois Department of Public Health


Information will be updated here as it becomes available. Check back for updates!  Please note; while we aim to keep this pages fully up to date with the latest information, cannabis laws are always changing.  We encourage you to verify these rules and regulations in the official legal text, which we’ve linked throughout the page for your convenience.

Qualifying Conditions for Illinois Medical Cannabis Patients are determined by the state; you can petition to have conditions added to the list of qualifying conditions here.

Caregivers grow and process cannabis on behalf of patients. They cannot charge for cannabis, only recoup the costs of goods.

Current Estimated Patient Counts: 15,900 (updated 3/27/2017)

How can I get an Illinois Medical Cannabis Card?

Minor Qualifying Patients – Please scroll down.

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 (see below);
  • Have a signed physician certification (unless you are a veteran receiving medical care at a VA facility);
  • Complete the fingerprint-based background check within 30 days of submitting your application and not have been convicted of an excluded offense (a felony under the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, Cannabis Control Act, or Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act, or similar provisions in a local ordinance or other jurisdiction), unless the Department waives such a conviction(s);
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Not hold a school bus permit or Commercial Driver’s License; and
  • Not be an active duty law enforcement officer, correctional officer, correctional probation officer, or firefighter.

Registered medical cannabis patients must select a dispensary to purchase their medical cannabis from.  Here is an updated list of registered dispensaries in Illinois.

Physician Written Certification Physician Certifications completed on behalf of qualifying patients applying to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Medical Cannabis Registry Program, shall be provided to the applicant for submission with the application for a registration card. As of June 2018, Physicians no longer need to submit the Physician Certification directly to the Department via mail or email. Whether or not a physician chooses to provide a written physician certification is up to the healthcare practitioner.

Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Medical Cannabis
535 W. Jefferson Street
Springfield, IL 62761

Qualifying Medical Patient Cannabis Application – Illinois

Instructions to fill out your Medical Cannabis Patient Application – Illinois

Illinois Qualifying Medical Patients must adhere to a background check, which is conducted using a Fingerprint Background check along with the submitted photo with your application.

Fingerprint Background Check – Patient Form – Illinois

Does my condition qualify for Medical Cannabis in Illinois?

  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Crohn’s disease
  • CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)
  • Dystonia
  • Fibrous Dysplasia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • 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
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov cysts
  • Tourette syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome

Medical Cannabis Registration Fees in Illinois:

  • $100 – 1-Year Registry Card
  • $200 – 2-Year Registry Card
  • $250 – 3-Year Registry Card

Reduced Application Fees – Patients receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and veterans may be eligible for a reduced application fee:

  • $50 – 1-Year Registry Card
  • $100 – 2-Year Registry Card
  • $125 – 3-Year Registry Card

How can a minor apply for Medical Cannabis in Illinois?

Minors are subject to a $250 fee for a 3-year registry and are required to have a designated caregiver; one caregiver is included at no charge in the application.  Patients may add a second caregiver for a fee of $750 by completing a caregiver application.  Qualifying patients under the age of 18 are not required to submit a photo or undergo a fingerprint background check.

A physician certification is required as well as a reviewing physician certification.

If a qualifying minor patient turns 18 while their registry identification card is still active, they may apply for an adult registry identification card immediately or during the normal renewal period.

The designated caregiver is required to be specified for a qualifying patient under the age of 18:

  • A qualifying patient under 18 years of age may identify two designated caregivers if both biological parents or two legal guardians have significant decision-making responsibilities over the qualifying patient; or
  • If only one biological parent or legal guardian has significant decision-making responsibilities for the qualifying patient under 18 years of age, then a second designated caregiver may be identified.

Caregivers of registered qualifying minor patients are only able to purchase medical cannabis-infused products from registered dispensing organizations; other types of medical cannabis products are not permitted.

Minor Qualifying Patient Application – Illinois

Instructions for Minor Qualifying Patient Applications – Illinois

How can I become a Caregiver in Illinois?

If your qualifying medical condition restricts you from being able to purchase cannabis by yourself, or you’re a qualifying medical patient under the age of 18, a caregiver may be designated to assist you with purchasing.  Simply fill out a Designated Caregiver Application and submit the required documentation with your patient application.  Patients under the age of 18 are allowed to register 2 designated caregivers for a fee.

Designated Caregiver Application – Illinois

Designated Caregiver Fees

  • $25 – 1-Year Registry Card
  • $50 – 2-Year Registry Card
  • $75 – Caregiver applying for a patient who has already been registered (Expiration dates for caregiver and patient will match)

Dispensaries sell legal cannabis, and cannabis products, to responsible adults in compliance with local regulations.

Illinois Dispensary Licenses

Illinois residents can contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to inquire about obtaining a dispensary license.  Currently, the state of Illinois has distributed the max number of dispensary licenses and there are no current plans to add more.

What kind of point-of-sale do I need to operate a Dispensary?

Most states require dispensaries to track and trace all of their cannabis-related products for regulatory and compliance reporting requirements. Our Dispensary Point of Sale and inventory management system provides comprehensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking with a focus on compliant data points.  If your state requires seed-to-sale systems to stay compliant, BioTrack has you covered.  Our system is customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each and every state.

Grower (also commonly referred to as Producers or Cultivators) – Cultivators are responsible for growing cannabis. Mature plants are harvested and transferred to a Processor.

Illinois Cultivation Center Licenses

The application window for cultivation center permits has closed.  You can inquire with the Illinois Department of Agriculture for more information.

What kind of tracking system do I need to operate a Cultivation Facility?

Most states require an extensive seed-to-sale cannabis tracking system to monitor cultivation efforts and inventory.  Our cultivation seed-to-sale-tracking solution provides comprehensive data tracking with an emphasis on compliance.  Customized to meet the unique regulatory frameworks in each state, BioTrack also features an all-in-one business tool to help you operate every aspect of the cultivation business by itself, or as part of the vertically-integrated cannabis business.

Laboratories can test cannabis for concentration and contaminants.  Prior to entering the consumer market, all regulated cannabis is required to undergo Quality Assurance testing.

Illinois Laboratory Licenses

Established medical laboratories and cultivation centers in the state of Illinois can fill out the respective application below if they meet the requirements for medical cannabis testing.  Laboratories are licensed by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Application for Laboratory Approval to Handle, Test, or Analyze Medical Cannabis in Illinois

Application for Cultivation Center to Approval to Handle, Test, or Analyze Medical Cannabis in Illinois

Processors – Processors take harvested cannabis from Cultivators and create derivative extracts for edibles, concentrates, topicals, and prepacks. Finished products are transported to Dispensaries.

Illinois Cannabis Processor Licenses

In Illinois, processing the cannabis plant into various forms of cannabis-related products is done by the cultivation center.

Illinois Seed-to-Sale Traceability Info

Illinois Medical Cannabis Program is operated by 3 main government agencies:


Compliance is in our minds through all facets of our Seed-to-Sale Cannabis Tracking

  • Custom Compliance-Focused Reporting
  • Track Waste, Destruction and Account for Conversion and Moisture Losses
  • Transport Manifests With All Necessary Information
  • Real-Time Patient and Customer Limit Tracking
  • Real-Time Product Recalls
  • Compliant Labels Customized with Your Business Logo, Name, and Much More

Whether you’re utilizing a locally hosted server or our state-of-the-art cloud hosting service, rest easy knowing that your data security is one of our top priorities. This is why BioTrack was the first publicly traded seed-to-sale software company to complete both a SOC 2 Type I & Type II audit.

Adherence to state and local cannabis regulations in all active markets. Print compliant labels, enforce sales limits, and verify recommendations quickly and accurately. Regular system updates ensure compliance if regulations change.

Take advantage of over 100 advanced reports to make profit-minded decisions based on predictive yields, sales trends, average wait time and more. Need to upload financial reports to an accounting system? Easily export reports, save in the desired format, and upload.

Live Phone, Chat, and Email support from 8am-8pm PST. Supplement initial training with online tutorials, wikis, and monthly best practices features.


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