Medical vs Recreational Cannabis in Illinois – What is the Difference?

 In Illinois

MED VS REC – What is the big deal?


Our community is starting to ask a lot of questions around medical and adult-use cannabis.

Why should I get a medical card?

Is it worth it?

Cant I just go to a dispensary and buy cannabis anyway?

And you know what? These are all very valid questions. We took some time to do the digging, so we can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.



To start, beginning January 2020, residents of Illinois are supposed to be able to walk into a dispensary to purchase cannabis. However, the media reports that most dispensaries will not be ready. In addition, with limited supply on the horizon, the Illinois law requires that product first be made available to medical patients. That means patients are legally entitled to first dibs over adult-use consumers on products. If you want priority, medical will be a huge benefit for you.



Second, while consumers will eventually be able to walk into a dispensary and worry less about supply and availability, the fact of the matter is that adult-use cannabis will be far more expensive than medical when it comes to costs. Easily stated, patients under the medical program can avoid up to a 34.75% tax on the very same products adult-use consumers will be charged for. That means that a medical patient will spend $100 whereas an adult consumer can spend upwards of $134.75 for the exact same product.



Obtaining a card may have an upfront cost attached, but the investment is well worth it within just a few purchases of products in an adult-use environment. As if that is not enough, one of the greatest benefits of being a medical cannabis patient in the state of Illinois will be the ability to GROW YOUR OWN MEDICINE.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen. Patients under the Illinois medical cannabis program will be able to cultivate up to 5 plants for individual possession and consumption.

Besides, obtaining a medical cannabis card in Illinois is no longer as difficult as it used to be. In fact, through Compassionate Clinics of America, we have over 5+ locations around the state to provide convenient, effective and affordable access to patients in need of assistance. We understand the ins and outs of this program and have been helping thousands of patients find relief with absolute success.


medical vs recreational infographic


Have additional questions? Send them our way, or give us a call or schedule an appointment so we can assist you in whatever way you need. Thank you for your time. We hope this infographic brought you some knowledge and value! Don’t forget to share with someone who can benefit, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for additional updates!



Recent Posts
  • Kelley Heard

    Does this affect anyone on social security

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

illinois medical marijuana card