Patients – Medical Cannabis

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Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is a plant that originated in Central Asia, and is now grown in many parts of the world. The cannabis plant contains compounds called cannabinoids. The terms cannabis and marijuana, are used interchangeably to generally mean the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant that are used medicinally or recreationally.

The qualifying patient must first submit an application to their particular with the required forms to become a registered qualifying patient. This application may be completed on line. Please check your individual state.

First, you must receive a recommendation from a medical provider, who must be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987, have a controlled substances license under Article III of Illinois Controlled Substances Act, be in good standing to practice medicine in Illinois, and have a bona fide physician-patient relationship with the patient they are certifying for medical cannabis. Once you receive the recommendation, it must be filled at a Certified Medical Cannabis Dispensary.

“Caregiver” or “designated caregiver” means a person designated by a qualifying patient as the person authorized, on the qualifying patient’s behalf, to possess, obtain from a certified medical cannabis dispensary, dispense and assist in the administration of medical cannabis.

Possession of medical cannabis by registered, qualified patients in certain states is legal under each individual state law and should not cause arrest provided all laws and regulations are followed.

At this time, however, marijuana (cannabis) remains a Schedule I controlled substance under federal statute. For that reason, participation in any state may not protect participating patients or caregivers from potential criminal liability under federal laws.

Registered qualifying patients and designated caregivers will need to check each individual state to determine how much cannabis can you legally carry.

It may be appropriate in certain circumstances to inform law enforcement that you are a participant in your states Medical Cannabis Program and offer to show your registry identification card. However, you should always consult with your own private attorney to discuss the protection of your rights.

No. Qualifying registered patients and their designated caregivers cannot grow or cultivate medical cannabis. Medical cannabis and cannabis-infused products must be purchased through the medical cannabis dispensary designated by the registered qualifying patient.

No, not outside of your own state.  Please contact your attorney.  Please contact your attorney

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