Step-by-Step Guide for New
Medical Cannabis Patients

Getting Started

  1. You must be a resident of Illinois.
  2. You must have one of the 41 recognized qualifying conditions. Check the current Illinois Department of Public health website or see the list at the bottom of the page.
  3. Start the registration process for the Mindful Medicine Clinic. This will document the beginning of our bonafide relationship!
    1. Schedule an appointment (don’t worry if you have to change it later)
    2. Verify your e-mail within 1 hour
    3. Sign up for or login to onpatient, our virtual patient portal. 
    4. If it says you do not have a provider, either call or e-mail Mindful Medicine Clinic and we will resend an invitation. It may take 1-2 business days, we apologize in advance.
    5. Once connected, you will start to receive easy to follow instructions regarding the document signing process.
  4. If you are a veteran AND have a diagnosis from the VA, save your money and see section B before proceeding.
  5. If you are a veteran but do NOT have a diagnosis from the VA, see section C before proceeding. 
  6. Register with the State of Illinois




if you have a terminal illness. Then click here. There is no fee, but applications MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAIL.

After The Appointment

  1. login
  2. you will need
    1. government issued ID: current Illinois driver’s license or state ID
    2. a 2″x2″ color passport photo
    3. if applying for a reduced fee – a copy of your Social Security Benefit Verification statement or your DD214
    4. state application fees – credit or debit cards are accepted for online applications only
    5. Caregiver information (state-issued ID & proof of residence)
    6. Wait on the State….
    7. Follow up appointment – once you receive your card from the State of Illinois, schedule your follow up appointment. We would like to see you 1-2 weeks after starting your new medication.

Before Your Appointment

  1. Signup or login for your onpatient patient portal.
  2. You will receive the treatment contract via the document section. Please review and sign that as soon as possible, establishing a bonafide relationship.
  3. Enter the remainder of your personal and medical information as prompted.
  4. Upload your medical records via the onpatient patient portal. This will include your proof of residency documents.
  5. If using a caregiver, upload appropriate identification documents.
  6. If you have not already been diagnosed by another physician, please note this while registering. The doctor may request a telemedicine appointment with you so any necessary tests can be ordered prior to your appointment. If the doctor requests this call, it will be at no additional expense. We have no control over the expense of the labs.
  7. You will be contacted by a member of the Mindful Medicine healthcare team prior to your appointment to make sure everything is in order.

At Your Appointment

  1. This is a mobile clinic with minimal staff. The doctor will often be on her own. Any advance scanning of documents or payment is greatly appreciated.
  2. Current state i.d. or state driver’s license if not already uploaded
  3. Two proofs of residency if not already uploaded (if state i.d./license doesn’t have current address, you must provide two additional proofs of residency).
  4. A copy of current medical records if not already uploaded, including information about your qualifying condition if available.
  5. The physician certification will be provided in multiple forms for your convenience.
    1. on paper at the appointment
    2. available for download after your appointment from your onpatient online patient portal
    3. e-mailed on request
    4. downloaded to a USB drive at your appointment (you provide)
  6. If using a caregiver, it is recomended they are at this appointment. If they are unavailable in person, they can join by video conference. Please let us know in advance.


  1. If, at any point in this process you need assistance,  your local health department will help you for free. It is illegal for anybody to charge you for this service. You can find a list of local health departments here
  2. The Illinois Opiate initiative is poised to launch, but we have not yet received updates from Illinois. As of now, we can not certify patients that will qualify under this act.
  3. As of August 28, 2018 fingerprints and background checks are no longer required.


  1. Many veterans suffer from undiagnosed PTSD, post concussive syndrome and a wide array of neurologic disorders. Others acquire new qualifying conditions after leaving the military.
  2. If you are a veteran without a diagnosis through the VA, you are welcome at the Mindful Medicine Clinic. We thank you for your service, and would be honored to see you at a reduced fee.
  3. We prefer you request your own health information, it is a good step in taking control of your health. If you are unable to do so, we can request your records if you sign this release. 
  4. If there is any difficulty with your fee not being properly reduced, please contact the Mindful Medicine Clinic before processing the payment.


  1. Upload your benefit verification letter online prior to your appointment to receive a discount on the Mindful Medicine portion of process.
  2. If there is any difficulty with your fee not being properly reduced, please contact the Mindful Medicine Clinic before processing the payment.
  3. You are also entitled to a reduced fee on state filing fees.


  1. People who have been diagnosed with less than 6 months qualify for a free Terminal Illness Registry Card
  2. You may schedule online, but if you contact the Mindful Medicine Clinic directly at 847-353-0800 or we will do our best to expedite your care.
  3. Your application must be submitted by mail. Fill out this form for the state as soon as possible so your card is not further delayed. The State of Illinois accepts terminal applications BY MAIL ONLY.


  1. 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. 
  2. Submit 1 year of VA medical records, which you can request here. from the VA facility where you receive services. 
  3. You will need your DDR14, which will substitute for the physician certification form.
  4. You can otherwise follow the instructions in the getting started and after your appointment sections.

Section D: MINORS

  1. Any patient that can be legally treated will be, although what this means is not always clear.
  2. Patients under 18 will be considered on an individual basis.
  3. There will be a free phone consultation prior to your new patient appointment to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment and the Mindful Medicine Clinic. We do not want to add to your burden if we can not offer you help.



  1. CDL driver’s license
  2. as of August 28, 2018 there will be no fingerprint, no background check, and no exclusions based on prior crimes.
  3. Although these are the only restrictions to receive a certification, outside agents may restrict medications.
    1. FOID card should be relinquished.
    2. Check your workplace restrictions.
    3. Foster parents can not medicate on the home premises.

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)
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia


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


  • Dystonia


  • Fibromyalgia (Severe)
  • Fibrous Dysplasia


  • Glaucoma


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


  • Interstitial Cystitis


  • Lupus


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


  • Nail-Patella Syndrome
  • Neurofibromatosis


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


  • 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

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.