Families may choose a one-year, two-year card, or three-year Medical Cannabis Registry Card for a minor with a debilitating condition. One caregiver is included at no charge in the application for a minor. A second caregiver may be added by completing a caregiver application and submitting a $75.00 fee. Please see the fees page for more information on the cost of applying for a card.
Minor qualifying patients do not need to submit a photo or undergo a fingerprint background check.
A physician certification is required as well as a reviewing physician certification.
A designated caregiver shall be specified for a minor qualifying patient:
- A qualifying patient under 18 years of age may identify two designated caregivers if both biological parents or two legal guardians have significant decision-making responsibilities over the qualifying patient; or
- If only one biological parent or legal guardian has significant decision-making responsibilities for the qualifying patient under 18 years of age, then a second designated caregiver may be identified.
Qualifying patients who turn 18 years of age during the time period in which their registry identification card is valid may apply for an adult registry identification card immediately or during the normal renewal period. Until that time, the registry identification card shall be subject to the conditions applicable to the registered qualifying patient under age 18.
Designated caregivers of registered qualifying patients under 18 years of age may only purchase medical cannabis-infused products from registered dispensing organizations; other types of medical cannabis products are not allowed.
Ashley’s Law – Ensuring Access to Medical Cannabis for Registered Patients Under Age 18
Effective August 1, 2018, Public Act 100-0660, also known as Ashley’s Law, amends the School Code to allow students registered with the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program access to medical cannabis-infused products at school or on the school bus. A parent or guardian with a designated caregiver registry identification card issued by IDPH may administer the product to the student. After the student is given the medical cannabis-infused product, it must be removed from the school premises or school bus. Registered qualifying patients under age 18 cannot smoke or vape medical cannabis. Medical cannabis-infused products include oils, ointments, foods, and other products that contain usable cannabis but are not smoked or vaped.
Only students who are registered qualifying patients under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program are eligible to use these products, and both the student and the designated caregiver must have a registry identification card. Minors are eligible to register with the program if a physician has diagnosed them with a qualifying debilitating medical condition. A medical cannabis registered patient under age 18 is required to have a designated caregiver; usually a parent or guardian. The designated caregiver must be at least 21 years old and meet other requirements under the law:
- A parent or guardian or other individual may not administer a medical cannabis infused product under this Section in a manner that, in the opinion of the school district or school, would create a disruption to the school's educational environment or would cause exposure of the product to other students.
- A school district or school may not discipline a student who is administered a medical cannabis infused product by a parent or guardian or other individual under this Section and may not deny the student's eligibility to attend school solely because the student requires the administration of the product.
- A school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school may not authorize the use of a medical cannabis infused product under this Section if the school district or school would lose federal funding as a result of having such a policy.
- A school district, public school, charter school, or nonpublic school shall adopt a policy to implement these requirements.