Illinois Medical Cannabis Certification

We’ll help you get your Illinois Medical Cannabis Card.


We take insurance.

Get your Medical Cannabis Card now from a doctor’s clinic that you can trust. Our patients can now use their own medical insurance to become patients at our primary care clinic. After two visits, the physician may recommend you for the Medical Cannabis Card.

If you feel you have PTSD but have never been officially diagnosed, click here for an evaluation done by telemedicine.

If you have had concussions and believe you have post-concussion syndrome, click here for an evaluation done by telemedicine.

Need to get your card or find out more? Just fill out the form and one of our specialists will give you a call. Please wait 1-2 business days, as we have a large amount of inquiries due to the new conditions added to the program, including osteoarthritis, IBS, chronic pain, and many more. We have plenty of availability and can get you in within 3 business days, but first one of our schedulers will reach out to make sure you meet the qualifications to apply for your card in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) application requirements are as follows:

  1. You must provide your Illinois Driver’s License or State ID plus another proof of your Illinois address (such as a bank statement, utility bill, voter’s card, lease, etc…)
  2. You cannot have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to drive a truck or school bus
  3. You must have a physician certify you – and that is where we come in!

In order to obtain the necessary Physician Certification, you must provide medical documentation of a condition and/or opioid prescription that qualifies in Illinois. You must complete a minimum of two appointments with Innovative Wellness to establish a patient-physician relationship.

Once the physician certification is completed, you will be able to complete your online IDPH application to obtain your Medical Cannabis Card.

Think you have post-concussive syndrome, but you don’t have the diagnosis? You can get evaluated for this at Innovative Express Care. Click here for more information.

Think you have PTSD, but you don’t have the diagnosis? You can also get evaluated for this at Innovative Express Care. Click here for more information.

If you have a condition causing chronic pain, but do not have medical records to provide from a primary care provider, specialist, or hospital – then your first step is to have your chronic pain evaluated and documented. Click here to schedule an appointment with Michelle Nagel, one of our one of our cannabis-friendly primary care providers.

We take insurance!

    1. Doctor visit #1* – We take these medical insurances.
    2. Doctor visit #2*
    3. Illinois Application Fee

So, imagine, if you use your insurance and have hit your deductible, you will only need to pay the $100 state fee for your Medical Cannabis Card!

With insurance, Innovative Wellness is the most affordable place to get your card in Illinois. We are also a one-stop-shop offering scanning and photo services.

*If we do not take your insurance, you qualify for the Self Pay Plan, which is $175 per visit. Normally, a patient-physician relationship takes at least 2 visits.

By the way, this is a one-stop-shop for you to get your application sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health. It is also the most cost efficient. WE TAKE MOST COMMERCIAL INSURANCES.

Medicaid patients – Innovative Wellness cannot bill medicaid for your appointments, but we do offer a Reduced Self-pay rate of $75 for anyone on Medicaid – please bring your Medicaid insurance card(s) to receive the reduced rate.

Veterans – Veterans who are self-pay are also able to take advantage of the Reduced Self-pay rate of $75 per visit.

** Proof of Medicaid and/or veteran status will be required to be eligible for the reduced rate.**

The Innovative Wellness Care staff will guide you by answering any questions regarding combinational treatments available via the Illinois Medical Cannabis Card. Our knowledgeable compassionate staff will, with integrity and responsibility to your healthcare needs and goals, advise you on the benefits of treatment as well as the side effects.

What you get from Innovative Wellness:

• Most commercial medical insurances are accepted

• Provide telemedicine if you live far away

• Ability to continue your healthcare needs as a provider even after certification

• Education for patients and caregivers on Medical Cannabis based on individual needs

• Answers to questions you have regarding the application paperwork

How do you book an appointment?

Fill out the form provided on this page! We need to screen you prior to the visit, please fill out the form and we will get back to you.

After a pre-screening process, we will book your appointment with the physician and email you all the necessary forms to get started.

Below are the medical conditions you must have by Illinois law. You must also have medical records from the last year that state you have this condition (doctor’s note is fine, but real medical records is the best). Again, we will help get this for you.

  • • PTSD & Terminal Illnesses
  • • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • • Anorexia Nervosa
  • • Arnold-Chiari malformation and Syringomelia
  • • Autism
  • • Cachexia/wasting syndrome
  • • Cancer
  • • Causalgia
  • • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • • Chronic Pain
  • • Crohn’s disease (Now Includes Ulcerative Colitis)
  • • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type II)
  • • Dystonia
  • • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • • Fibromyalgia (severe)
  • • Fibrous dysplasia
  • • Glaucoma
  • • Hepatitis C
  • • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • • Hydrocephalus
  • • Interstitial Cystitis
  • • Lupus
  • • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • • Migraines
  • • Multiple Sclerosis
  • • Muscular dystrophy
  • • Myasthenia Gravis
  • • Myoclonus
  • • Nail-patella syndrome
  • • Neuro-Behcet’s Autoimmune Disease
  • • Neurofibromatosis
  • • Neuropathy
  • • Osteoarthritis
  • • Parkinson’s disease
  • • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • • Post-concussion syndrome
  • • RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes Type I)
  • • Residual limb pain
  • • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy (Starting January 1, 2015)
  • • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • • Spinal cord disease, including, but not limited to, arachnoiditis, Tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia (You must have a documented MRI showing herniated disc)
  • • Spinal cord injury
  • • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • • Superior canal dehiscence syndrome
  • • Tourette’s syndrome
  • • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Generally, we do not make these diagnoses. They are done by your specialist or doctor, and our doctor reviews these records to make sure you have the condition. The exceptions to this: post-concussive syndrome and PTSD and for patients who do not have any medical records, you may want to complete a Chronic Pain Assessment.
  • If you do not have any of the conditions above, you may have post-concussive syndrome or PTSD.

If you feel you have PTSD but have never been officially diagnosed, click here for an evaluation done by telemedicine.

If you have had concussions and believe you have post-concussion syndrome, click here for an evaluation done by telemedicine.

  • Please be honest with our intake specialists. They are screening you to make sure you will not waste your time and money.
  • Fill out the form to the LEFT and our intake specialists will call you within 2 business days. We make this process easy and painless!
  • We can do your second visit with the doctor as a telemedicine visit (through video-chat) – Now if that’s not innovative, I don’t know what is!
  • To get disability benefit verification: either visit your local social security office or apply here.

What is the difference between the MCPP and the OAPP cards?

MCPP offers a long-term card for patients with a qualifying debilitating condition on the list

  • Card Duration: You can apply for 1, 2, or 3 years
  • IDPH Application Fee: $100 per year or $250 for 3 years (50% off for veterans and persons on disability)
  • Doctor visits: 2 visits for cannabis certification and one follow-up


OAPP offers a 90-day card for patients who don’t have a diagnosis on the list, but need an alternative to opioids


  • Requirements: You must have a current opioid prescription or medical documentation to bring showing a condition that warrants an opioid prescription
  • Card Duration: You will need to renew every 90 days
  • IDPH Application Fee: $10 to apply and $10 for each renewal
  • Doctor visits: 2 visits to apply and one in-person visit required by law every 90 days to renew

After our physician certifies you, the state can take up to 90 days for your card to come to you via US Mail from the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH). You will be asked to see your doctor on a continuous basis, and we recommend seeing your doctor 4 weeks after you start using treatment.

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As seen on 02/10/2016 Dr. Khare video and Chicago Tribune Article


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Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Illinois, but that doesn’t mean you should put off getting your medical card.

Medical cannabis patients will pay significantly less for cannabis products compared to recreational buyers who will be taxed heavily (30 percent). In addition, medical card holders will have priority access at the dispensary. You can even skip the dispensary altogether and grow cannabis at home if you wish. With more than 50 qualifying conditions, including chronic pain, it’s quick and easy to get your medical cannabis card.