Illinois medical marijuana card wait time

Discussion in 'Illinois Patients' started by Znewberry, Oct 18, 2017.


    Znewberry Member

    Just thought I would share my experience so far getting the medical marijuana card in Illinois.

    It took nine phone calls on nine different days to get somebody to answer my call. I was told they received my application August 25, 2017 this was 39 working days ago 7 1/2 weeks total.

    The only information they will release to you about your application is the date that they have received it. I did ask approximately how far backlogged they are. I was told 60 working days or 12 weeks until they get to applications. I was told the day they review your application it’s approved or denied that same day. if it’s approved it’s mailed to the DMV and other agencies to be printed and that could take approximately 10 to 14 business days or 3 weeks.

    Long story short It’s October 18, 2017 and it takes approximately start to finish according to the secretary 10 to 11 weeks. And they are just falling further and further behind.

    1) The state is understaffed and has no sure fire procedure to Efficiently process applications.

    2) It is impossible to get a hold of anybody or get any sort of response as to what’s going on with your application.

    3) I had to drive almost 3 hours to find a doctor.

    I know this is just a pilot program and there’s a lot of kinks to be worked out but there’s plenty of other states that have developed efficient ways to handle those why is Illinois being so stubborn. It doesn’t take over three months to get antidepressants or hard-core pain killers.

    Can’t Illinois be good at anything for crying out loud we’re already one of the most laugh at states across the board.

    Patience is a virtue I suppose.

    A agitated resident of Illinois.

    chicagochuck New Member

    Illinois is always late to the party. Hope you get your card soon.

    Znewberry Member

    Last Monday I got a letter saying they Did not receive the physician certification form which translates into they lost the physician certification form. Because I know for a fact it was sent in by my doctor. Anyways has been emailed to them and the state has already verified they have received it assuming they reviewed it the day they received the form should be 10 to 14 days from last Monday !!!!

    Total time It’s been 11 weeks and two days still no card :(

    chicagochuck New Member

    Thats unfortunate but sounds like it’ll be coming soon. To bad they make you jump through hoops. I️ wish it was recreational buy now. It helps me when I️ use it for my severe anxiety and OCD. I wish I️ knew the strains I️ was using smh

    Znewberry Member

    Card came today!!! Headed to dispensary for the first time :)
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    chicagochuck New Member

    Ohhh man!! See we knew it was on its way. Congrats brother.

    merryheart New Member

    Since this seems to be the only somewhat active thread on this topic in the entire internet, I thought I'd add my current status. I saw the doctor and completed all my paperwork through The Patient Alliance on September 28, 2017. The doctor told me he submitted his letter on the same day. I received an email from The Patient Alliance with a receipt from IDPH and message that my application was received on October 2, 2017. I emailed IDPH 45 calendar days later requesting a status update, but they're currently auto-replying with a message stating "Due to a high volume of processing, we CANNOT respond to inquiries about application status." It's November 21, 2017 today, and still no sign of the card.

    I'd encourage anyone else who just received a card or is still waiting for a card to sign up and post their status as well so we can get some more data points on where IDPH is in their processing of applications. Apparently there are several thousands of us currently awaiting processing, but very few people talking about it.

    Resteoan Member


    Just some info. on my situation:

    I mailed my application in to the state on sept. 7, 2017. There was nothing from them, so on 11/1/2017 I emailed them a question about status. I received an email back on 11/3 stating my application had been received and will be reviewed in the order in which it was received and would be notified if they needed anything. It is 11/23, thanksgiving day, and I have not received anything else from the state yet. The application check to the state has still not been cashed so I know they have not reviewed it yet. I know the first thing the state will want is their money so I've kind of been basing it on that. If they have not cashed the check I know there will be no card. Their email response basically said don't ask again, so I'm just kind of waiting it out. They did not provide a date the application was received, but it was mailed on sept 7 so I'm using mid September as my guess as when they received it. It's been 2 and a half months and that's the only communication I've gotten from the state. The lack of transparency is frustration to say the least, but I expected nothing more from the state of Illinois. It is a horribly run state.
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    Urep New Member

    I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. I am new here and I am glad I found this place. I must say the timing of my situation and seeing this thread is crazy. Anyway, I sent my application September 19th 2017 and was delivered to the state on September 21st.
    On November 6th I sent an email to the state and they replied saying that my application was received and would be processed in the order they receive it, exactly like Resteoan. I’ve been checking my bank account on a daily basis for the last month to see if the check for the state had cleared, because I was told by my doc that is when the application has been approved. I am happy to say that today that check has cleared!! It has been over 9 weeks but now is closer than ever!!
    I hope everyone in the process of getting the help needed get it sooner than later. I will update this thread when I get mine that way other people can have an idea of how long this process is taking these days on this State.

    Resteoan Member

    Hi Urep. Thanks for your update. It sounds like we both submitted our applications around the same time. It worries me that they have not cashed the check. I know I had all of my paperwork with fingerprints and passport photo and all i's dotted and t's crossed. All I'm worried about is the paperwork from my dr. My GP dr had me sign and then said it would be filled out and sent out the next day, but I'm worried. I guess I either have to wait for the check to cash or a letter from the state. Either way I would at least have an answer. It's great you might me getting your card soon!!

    Resteoan Member

    My check to the state has cleared the bank so at least I know that there is activity on my application.

    Urep New Member

    Fantastic news! Looks like we both will be enjoying de benefit of medical marijuana soon!
    Please let us know when your card arrives8)

    Resteoan Member

    Will do!! Let us know when yours arrives too!!
    Rolla J

    Rolla J Well-Known Member

    Wish I could reap the benefits of having a med card. I have 2 dispensaries in my town I pass by all the time. Be the tits to actually be able to go in one someday. I medicate for appetite and sleep. I like mostly Indicas but like sativa strains when I'm feeling down. Rather use marijuana than pills.
    I can't wait for Rauner to leave office and hope legilazation goes on the ballot for 2018
    Seems like you could grow your own from start to finish waiting forever for the process of getting a card lol. Only downfall is being a med patient and not being able to homegrow
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    Brewski0420 Member

    Hey all,

    So my Journey began On September 13, 2017 when my application was sent in. On Sept 15, 2017 my application was confirmed received via email. Fast forward to November 16th .... 63 Long days later and my check was finally cashed! Finally some positive news I suppose! I check the mail box on November 20th Monday and what do I find in the mail box? Can this be my card? Heck no! Got a letter stating that My picture Taken by the dispensary that I am going to use was to dark and to far away! I was a little furious to say the least! It also stated that my Drs certification needed to be resubmitted! I immediately called my Dr and got that set in motion! I then went to my local Cvs got a photograph taken and mailed off that night! I not only sent the letter back along with the new photograph but I also emailed them as well with the new picture! This Monday November 27th I recieved an email from ILDPH the actually person doing my application! They informed me that my photograph was good to go and that all they were wating on was that new certification letter and I was Approved! So now the wait game!

    Brewski0420 Member

    9B5E600B-A2B6-4D55-838A-38AADD8BC4EF.jpeg Update: Just got email today stating I was approved and should receive my Card within 10-14 business days! Will update once I have card in hand!

    Weim New Member

    Just submitted my application today...guessing it’ll be around February when they tell me what I did wrong

    Resteoan Member

    Hi Weim,

    My check cleared last Friday but have heard nothing from the state other than an email response to a question of status I submitted 2 months after I mailed it. I'm waiting for some sort of communication telling me something is wrong. It seems like they find something wrong with everyone's application initially and force an additional step. I haven't heard of anyone that's received their card within the state's own set guidelines and without an additional request for something wrong.

    Rpk77 New Member

    Submitted all information and check on 9/10.

    I can't tell if check was cashed as I went through medical cannabis outreach in Pekin.

    Nothing yet, but the folks at mco called me and said the are seeing 90-105 day wait times. I spoke to them 3 days ago and people they processed and submitted on 9/1 were beginning to get cards.

    Brewski0420 Member

    I’d say from the day that they cashed your check you should get your card within 10-14 business days. If they needed additional it would be in your mail box with a letter. The state cashed my check on 11-16-17. They sent my letter on 11-17-17 and I got the letter on 11-20-17! I’ve resubmitted everything they asked. New picture and re submit dr form and I was emailed today that I was approved!

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