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The True Cost of Applying for a Patient Care Card in IL

Illinois begins accepting patient applications for the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program on Sept. 1. The applications tout a $100 fee, but with add-ons including fingerprinting, doctor’s visits and miscellaneous expenses like postage and gas, the true costs will add up quickly. Take a look at a breakdown of potential application costs:

Application Requirement: Cost:
A signed and completed application form $0 online; $1 for paper printouts
Proof of residency, identity, age (requires three documents) $1 for photocopies if without a scanner
Photograph of the qualifying patient (passport-type photo) $12 if without a camera/photographer
Physician written certification or appropriate documentationfor veterans receiving medical care at a U.S. Departmentof Veterans Affairs facility; your physician must mail in this form. Varies; $0-$50+, depending on co-pay
Designated caregiver information, if applicable $0
Copy of the fingerprint consent form Varies; $40-$90; more for mobile services
Excluded offense waiver, if applicable TBD – Waiver has yet to post to website
Selection of medical cannabis dispensary or zone $0
Application fee $100
Subtotal Minimum $140; Up to $254+


Subsequent Costs of Application Requirements:            Cost:
Doctor’s Visits to Establish ‘Bona Fide’ Relationship Varies; $0-$300+ depending on number of visits
Gas for Doctor’s Visits/Photocopies/Fingerprinting $15
Application Assistance Varies; up to $50
Postage, if sending by certified mail $4.51-$6.48 (electronic vs. paper confirmation)
Subtotal $15-$371.48+


TOTAL                                                               $155-$625.47+  

This does not include the yearly recurring application fee ($50 for qualified patients; $25 for caregivers) or a replacement card fee of $25 should you need a new one, which includes changing information (such as address or name) on the card. Additionally, caregivers are subject to the same costs as outlined above, but with an application fee of only $25. As you can see, the cost can vary widely per person. But the $100 fee for an application isn’t even the minimum cost an applicant will spend to become a licensed medical marijuana patient in the state of Illinois. Qualifying patients whose last name begins with the letters A through L may apply from September 2, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Qualifying patients whose last name begins with the letters M through Z may apply from November 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Rolling applications for all will begin in 2015.

About Michael Mayes

As Chief Executive Officer for Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has assisted in funding some of the largest commercial cannabis projects in the world. Michael has been a cannabis investor since 2009 in Colorado’s first legal for-profit cannabis market. As the co-founder and CEO of Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has spent years designing technology and collaborating with countless consultants on the forefront of the cannabis industry. Collaborating with the brightest minds and contributing to world-class organizations has been an incredibly enlightening and rewarding experience for him. Also, he has amassed a comprehensive and award-winning team engaged globally for public policy best practices through the prioritization of environmental sustainability and patient care. Michael is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), contributor to Marijuana Business Daily, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Tampa Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Tampa Tribune, Sativa Magazine, CBC and the Daily Herald. His media appearances include several CBS and WGN appearances and international presence on BNN Commodities in Canada. On the public policy front, Michael and his team were instrumental in their work of drafting the Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill for Senator Perry Clark. Most recently, Michael taught a class for the International Pharmaceutical Academy in Toronto, Canada. He spoke on Cannabis Pharmacology, and the effects cannabis has on the endocannabinoid system.

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