Illinois is currently underway accepting applications for patients who want to receive a medical marijuana prescription card. Patients whose last name starts with letters A – L can apply now through October 31. Those patients who do not fall in that category and have a last name starting with M – Z will submit their applications after November 1.
In the process of receiving a medical marijuana card the patient will require to pay $150 a year to apply for a medical marijuana registry identification card. They also would obtain and pay for their own fingerprinting for an Illinois State Police background check. The fingerprinting would need to come from a licensed vendor of an inkless electronic fingerprinting system. This type of fingerprinting ranges from $30 to $60, and vary by vendor.
There is good news about these costs for patients receiving Social Security disability income. Patients that receive social security would pay a lower fee of $75 a year for the medical marijuana card registry fees.
Also Caregivers of qualified patients can obtain their medical marijuana card. Caregiver that also apply for a card would pay $125 a year. A caregivers medical marijuana card allows them to obtain marijuana from a licensed dispensary on behalf of the patient under their care.