Frequently Asked Questions

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What is 1Body1Life?

Formed in January 2013, 1Body4Life can be considered a bridge between qualifying patients and the “Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program”. We are a group of Medical Physicians who provide an array of medical services for qualifying patients and also assist them in obtaining a “Medical Cannabis Registration Card” from the Illinois Department of Public Health.  By providing educational services for patients and the public that promotes awareness about the benefits of medical marijuana as well as providing the most up to date information regarding the law surrounding Medical Cannabis in Illinois.

What is a Qualifying Patient?

A “Qualifying patient” is a person who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition.

What is the Physician’s Role?

Our physicians are here to confirm your diagnosis of a debilitating medical condition, as defined in the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. When you schedule your appointment, our doctors thoroughly review your medical records and conduct an examination at the time of each visit. Once your diagnosis is confirmed, our doctor will then recommend a treatment plan for your symptoms relating to whatever debilitating condition you may have. If our physician determines that you are likely benefit from the use of medical marijuana by either a therapeutic or palliative effect, then they will submit the Physician’s Written Certification Form to the Illinois Department Health,  a requirement of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Qualifying Patient’s Registry Identification Card application.

What else do I need to submit with my registry ID application?

A complete application must include:

  •      A signed and completed application form

  •      Proof of residency

  •      Proof of identity

  •      Proof of age

  •      2X2 photograph of qualifying patient

  •      UCIA fingerprint consent form

  •      Designated caregiver information, if applicable

  •      Excluded offense waiver, if applicable

  •      Selection of medical cannabis dispensary zone

  •      State’s application fee

How long does it take to receive my registry ID card once I submit my application to the program?

The Illinois Department of Public Health has 30 business days to review complete applications from the date the Department receives them. The Department has 15 days after an application is approved to issue a marijuana patient registry identification card.

Why do I need to have a medical marijuana registry identification card?

The Illinois Medical Marijuana Act protects registered patients from arrest and prosecution, criminal and other penalties if the patients engage in the medical use of marijuana. The Act also prohibits certain discriminatory practices, including:

  •      “No school, employer, or landlord may refuse to enroll or lease to, or otherwise penalize, a person solely for his or her status as a registered qualifying patient or a registered designated caregiver”

  •      “For the purposes of medical care, including organ transplants, a registered qualifying patient’s authorized use of cannabis is considered the equivalent of the use of any other medication use at the direction of a physician, and may not constitute the use of an illicit substance or otherwise disqualify a qualifying patient from needed medical care”

  •      “A person otherwise entitled to custody of or visitation or parenting time with a minor may not be denied that right, and there is no presumption of neglect or child endangerment, for conduct allowed under this Act”

  •      “No school, landlord, or employer may be penalized or denied any benefit under State law for enrolling, leasing to, or employing a cardholder.”

How long is my patient registry ID card valid?

Registry identification cards from the Illinois Department of Public Health are valid for one year from the date it is issued. You must reapply to the program at least 45 days before the expiration date of your existing registry identification card.   1Body1Life will send annual reminders to patients when it is time to reapply and will handle the entire renewal application process.

Can I grow my own medical cannabis?

No. Qualifying registered patients and their designated caregivers cannot grow or cultivate medical marijuana. Medical marijuana and marijuana-infused products must be purchased through a state licensed medical cannabis dispensary designated by the registered qualifying patient.

How much medical marijuana may I possess as a qualifying patient?

Registered qualifying patients and designated caregivers may possess up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana in a 14 day period from the dispensary the qualifying patient identified on their application

What is a designated caregiver?

A designated caregiver is a person who is selected by a qualifying patient as the person authorized, on the patient’s behalf, to purchase, possess, dispense, and assist in the administration of medical marijuana. Caregivers are required to enroll in the program. Caregivers are issued a medical cannabis registry identification card, which allows them to possess up to 2.5 ounces on behalf of their patient.

Is my confidentiality protected when I register at 1Body1Life and if I am approved to use medical marijuana?

In a Word…Yes.  Your patient records are kept secure on a electronic medical records system. Our system is HIPAA compliant and we will never disclose medical information or records without a written patient’s consent. Records kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health are subject to federal privacy laws, are confidential, are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act and are not subject to disclosure to any individual, public or private entity. 

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