Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a Missouri Marijuana card?

Step 1: You must visit a state-licensed physician (not a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant) to obtain a physician certification.

Step 2: Apply for an identification card from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Step 3: Once your application is approved and you receive your identification card, you may purchase medical marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary or from a licensed caregiver. You may also apply for a patient cultivation card in order to grown your own cannabis.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please bring your medical records (physician notes, hospital discharge papers, lab results, or prescription history from local pharmacy), a valid Missouri state ID, and cash for payment.

What are eligible qualifying conditions for medical marijuana?

The most common condition we see among patients is chronic pain. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), these are the conditions that are eligible for medical marijuana:

  1. Cancer;

  2. Epilepsy;

  3. Glaucoma;

  4. Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment;

  5. A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome;

  6. Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist;

  7. Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome;

  8. A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, when a physician determines that medical use of marijuana could be effective in treating that condition and would serve as a safer alternative to the prescription medication;

  9. Any terminal illness; or

  10. In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition, including, but not limited to, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia and wasting syndrome.

DHSS is currently accepting medical marijuana card applications online. It is important to note that a physician certification expires 30 days after the date of evaluation.

When can I apply for my card?

DHSS charges a $25 application fee for a patient identification card, $100 for a patient cultivation card, and $25 for a caregiver identification card. Payment is submitted online at time of application. If you would like our team to submit your application for you, you will need to bring all necessary fees in cash to your appointment.

How much will my application cost?

You will be notified by DHSS if you are approved or denied within 30 days of applying. If denied, they will provide a reason why and you will have 10 days to make changes to your application before resubmitting. If approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card immediately online.

When will i receive my identification card?

As of now, a yearly renewal will be required including a valid (within 30 days of applying) physician certification.

Does my medical marijuana card expire?

Yes, you can grow your own medicine! In addition to your patient identification card, you will need to apply for a patient cultivation card. This card will allow you to grow up to six flowering cannabis plants, six nonflowering cannabis plants, and six clones in an appropriately secured facility.

Am I allowed to grow my own medical marijuana?

Some patients already have a friend or family member who is a licensed medical marijuana cultivator. You can ask this person to register with the state as your caregiver so you can legally purchase cannabis from them. If you don’t already have this connection, don’t worry! We have compiled a list of active caregivers for our certified patients to contact. You can use this list to help you connect with other medical marijuana patients, and create a patient-caregiver relationship with someone who fits your needs.

Where do i find a caregiver?

Please visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Medical Marijuana Regulations page here.

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