I am a very active member of the Illinois medical cannabis community and I regularly read the posts of medical cannabis patients or prospective patients. I have noticed that the same questions get asked over and over, so here are the answers to those FAQs.
1. When I become a medical cannabis patient, are my Firearms Owners ID (FOID) and Concealed Carry License (CCL) revoked?
No! You can continue to maintain both your FOID and CCL as a medical cannabis patient.
2. I want to visit my family in another state. May I take my medicine with me?
If you are using CBD products that contain less than .3% THC, then you may transport them to another state. If your medicine contains more than .3% THC, since it is still federally illegal, you may NOT transport it. However, if you are lucky enough to be visiting a state that has a reciprocity program with Illinois, you may be able transport your medicine or purchase it in that state. Here is the link to that information.
3. What restrictions are there on the usage of my medicine?
You can carry it in the trunk of your car as long as the containers
are sealed and have not been opened.
You are restricted from using it as follows:
a. On a school bus
b. On the grounds of a preschool, primary school, high school or
c. In a public place
d. In a private residence which is also a licensed childcare or social services facility
e. Knowingly in close proximity to anyone under age 18
f. Operating any type of motorized vehicle, motorboat or airplane
while under the influence
g. Using or possessing cannabis if you are not a registered patient or caregiver
h. Allowing anyone who is not a registered patient to use your cannabis
i. If you are a police officer, firefighter, corrections office or
j. If you possess a school bus permit or Commercial Driver’s License
Here is the link to the entire document, all 53 pages of it, that tells you what you can and can’t do with whom and where.
4. When I see a new doctor, should I divulge that I use medical cannabis on my patient intake form?
This is a difficult one to answer definitively. In theory, yes, it would be important for your new doctor to know that you are using medical cannabis products. However, if this causes your doctor to drop you as a patient or notate you as a “drug user” which has happened, then no.