Medical Marijuana New Patient Guide

Mindful Medicine Clinic serves Illinois residents and offers compassionate and helpful medical care related to medical cannabis. This clinic provides patients with consults, certifications, and any other education regarding your Illinois medical marijuana application.

With the laws changing constantly Mindful Medicine Clinic physicians are required to keep up-to-date and educate patients on the latest changes.

  • Senate Bill 2023, which took effect on August 9, 2019, allows patient minors to have up to three caregivers instead of the original number of two.
  • The latest Senate Bill 455, which takes effect on January 1, 2020, will include children under 18 with serious conditions to be treated with medical marijuana. The State Board of Education will also build a training program for in-house school nurses to administer medical cannabis to children patients at schools.
  • As of August 28, 2018 fingerprints and background checks are no longer required.
  • As of August 28, 2018 patients with a criminal history are no longer restricted from certification. There are high rates of PTSD and chronic physical injuries amongst inmates and Mindful Medicine fully respects their right to treat these conditions.
  • According to Senate Bill 2529, passed January 10, 2017, “Provides that the Department of State Police may not deny an application for or revoke a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card of a person who is a registered qualifying patient or registered designated caregiver under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.”

Instructions for New Medical Marijuana Patients

There are a few simple steps to complete your qualifications as a new patient with Mindful Medicine Clinic. By following these simple step-by-step instructions, you will be well on your way to a mindful recovery. 

Preparing for your Appointment with Mindful Medicine

1. Pricing for new patient appointments is $300. Veterans and other qualifying patients is $150.

2. You must be a resident of Illinois to become receive a cannabis cerification from Mindful Medicine services. If you live in another state, please see our consulting options.

3. You must fall under at least one of the conditions within the Illinois medical marijuana 2019 list of recognized qualifying conditions to be considered a qualified patient. Please check the current Illinois Department of Public Health website for the entire list.

4. Next, schedule an appointment with Mindful Medicine Clinic.

  • After making an appointment, you will receive an invitation to OnPatient, your Mindful online patient portal. Accept this invitation and fill out your personal information.
  • Include important medical history and medications in the portal. This makes the office appointment check-in much easier.

5. When arriving at your appointment, you will need two forms of identification which includes your residential address. Examples of these would be your driver’s license and a piece of mail. 

6. Your picture will be taken in the office for additional identification purposes.

7. Office personnel at Mindful Medicine Clinic will take care of all the additional paperwork.

What to Expect During Your Appointment
  1. You need to have all updated information regarding proof of residency, medical information, and proper identification uploaded to the OnPatient online portal. If you are unable to complete your paperwork in advance, we will help you complete it when you come in.
  2. For patients using at least one caregiver, it is suggested that the caregiver(s) are present at the patient’s appointment. The caregiver has the option to attend the appointment in person or through a video conference.
  3. We will complete the registration with the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program to apply for your State of Illinois Medical Cannabis eLicense before your appointment is completed. Please bring in all identification requirements (current Illinois driver’s license, color passport photo, caregiver information, etc.).
  4. When applying for a reduced fee, include a copy of your Social Security Benefit Verification statement.
  5. Pay the state application fees online with a credit or debit card (completed during appointment).
What To Expect After Your Appointment

Most certifications will be completed within 24 hours, but this is entirely up to the Illinois Department of Health and the Mindful Medicine Clinic has no impact on the rate of licensure. 

  1. Generally, the day after your appointment you can check your status at using the username and password established during your appointment.
  2. Check that your provisional license is ready.
  3. Call the dispensary that you selected during the registration process, check to see if your dispensary requires an appointment for the first visit or requires you to bring your paperwork for verification.
  4. Go get your medicine!
How Not To Loose Your Cannabis Certification in the First 90 days!

You will notice that you start out with a “provisional” card. This is a temporary card that is used while the Illinois Department of Health is reviewing your paperwork. If there are any discrepencies, they will send you a letter informing you what needs to be fixed. Common examples are

  • Photo too dark
  • ID did not meet criteria
  • Doctor forgot to sign your paperwork

These only require a simple submission of the corrected form. However, if you do not provide it by the stated deadline, THE STATE WILL REVOKE YOUR CARD. You will be able to reapply, but you will have to pay the state fee again and will have no options for refund. Call us as soon as you receive the form (unless it is a photo issue, then go get a standard passport photo).


For Veterans
  • Although you are welcome to join the Mindful Medicine Community, you can put your wallets away. If you already have a diagnosis, you are exempt from the physician certification requirement. 
  • Submit 1 year of VA medical records, which you can request here. from the VA facility where you receive services. 
  • You will need your DD214, which will substitute for the physician certification form.
  • If you do not have adequate documentation, do not qualify by this route, or do not want to go through the process on your own, please call Mindful Medicine and we would be happy to book you an appointment. 
You can not get a card if...

Illinois has only a few restrictions on obtaining a cannabis card. 

  1. Can not hold a CDL driver’s license.
  2. Foster parents can not medicate on the premises.
  3. Can not be an active duty law enforcement officer, correctional officer, correctional probation officer, or firefighter.

Happy, Healthy Patients Make for a High Quality of Life

Start your journey to recovery with Mindful Medicine Clinic. The mindful physicians are available for consultations and will provide helpful education regarding the best medical cannabis care regimen for you.

To make an appointment with Mindful Medicine Clinic, please call (224) 655-7246 or email the office at You may also schedule your appointment online by visiting the website.

All Medical Marijuana Patients Must Have One Of The Following Chronic Or Debilitating Health Conditions:


  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia
  • Autism


  • Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Causalgia
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type I; Formerly RSD
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type II
  • Crohn’s Disease


  • Dystonia


  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome


  • Fibromyalgia (Severe)
  • Fibrous Dysplasia


  • Glaucoma


  • Hepatitis C
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydromyelia


  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome


  • Lupus


  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myoclonus


  • Nail-Patella Syndrome
  • Neuro-Bechet’s autoimmune disease
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuropathy


  • Osteoporosis


  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Residual Limb Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)


  • Seizures (Including Those Associated With Epilepsy)
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Syringomyelia
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Disease, including but not limited to arachnoiditis


  • Tarlov cysts
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome


  • Ulcerative Colitis

Live Better.

Our clinic does not accept insurance at this time. If you are entitled to coverage, we will provide you with the necessary documentation to submit your insurance claim.