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Avoiding legal trouble when using medical marijuana

The use of medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, as long as its use is only for qualifying medical conditions and obtained according to regulations. Even if you have a qualifying medical condition, but you did not obtain the drug the right way from appropriate sources, you could find yourself in legal trouble.

It is possible for criminal charges to follow the inappropriate use of medical marijuana, and if you find yourself in this situation, there is much at stake. You would find it beneficial to secure assistance from an attorney who can help you protect both your future and your freedom.

How can I get medical marijuana in Illinois?

If you believe that you have a valid claim to medical marijuana, you must have a patient registry identification card. To get one of these, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a resident of Illinois
  • Have a qualifying debilitating medical condition
  • Complete a fingerprint-based background check
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not have a CDL or school bus driver’s license
  • Not be an active duty law enforcement officer or firefighter

As part of the application process, your doctor must complete the Patient Written Certification Form and mail it in on your behalf. Veterans applying from the VA do not have to have this type of form, but they must provide medical records from their VA facility.

Who is eligible?

In order to receive a valid identification card and secure permission to use medical marijuana for pain relief or management of the side effects of your illness, you must have a qualifying medical condition, such as:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD
  • Lupus
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Seizures

There are many other medical conditions that may qualify you for medical marijuana in one of its approved forms. However, you would be wise to carefully adhere to the terms outlined by the state and avoid driving while under the influence of drugs; otherwise, you may find yourself facing serious drug possession criminal charges.

Protect your rights if you find yourself facing charges

Due to either a misunderstanding or miscommunication, you could find yourself facing charges for the inappropriate or illegal use or possession of marijuana, even if it was for medical purposes. This is a serious situation, and you will find great benefit in confronting your legal concerns with the help of an attorney who can help you defend yourself and protect your right to use medical marijuana.

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