Qualifying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri

Patients must apply online:

https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/how-to-apply-pi.php

When applying for the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program, qualifying patients must have:

  • Identifying information
    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Social Security Number
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • Address (where patient can receive mail)
  • Proof of Missouri Residency
    • ONE of the following:
      • Missouri Driver’s License
      • Missouri Identification Card
      • Current Missouri Motor Vehicle Registration
      • Recent Missouri Utility Bill
  • Physician Certification Form
    • Must be completed by MD or DO in good standing, licensed in Missouri
    • Must be completed within 30 days of application
    • Electronic Physician certification may be submitted by verified physicians
  • Color Photo of qualifying patient within past 3 months
  • Copy of qualifying patients photo identification
  • DON’T FORGET to SIGN & DATE the application
  • Submit any fees associated with your application
    • $25.94 for patient and caregiver
    • $103.73 for patient cultivator

Medical Cannabis Card is valid for ONE YEAR.

  • Renewal Fees are $25.94 for patient and caregiver, $103.73 for patient cultivator
  • Applications for renewal may be submitted 60 days prior to expiration date

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services:

866-219-0165 or medicalmarijuanainfo@health.mo.gov

**The Department of Health and Senior Services has 30 days to process the application**

Caregivers must apply online:

https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/how-to-apply-pi.php

Who is a caregiver?

  • A person 21 years or older
  • Responsible for managing the well-being of a qualifying patient
  • Designated as a caretaker on the qualifying patient’s application
How many patients can a caregiver have?

Up to 3.

How many caregivers can a patient have?

2.

*Caregivers must complete their own application and have their own account.

  • Patient authorization form:
  • Patient License Number
  • Identifying information
    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Social Security Number
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • Address (where patient can receive mail)
  • Proof of Missouri Residency
    • ONE of the following:
      • Missouri Driver’s License
      • Missouri Identification Card
      • Current Missouri Motor Vehicle Registration
      • Recent Missouri Utility Bill
  • DON’T FORGET to SIGN & DATE the application
  • Submit any fees associated with your application
    • $25.94 for caregiver

Per the Missouri Department of Health and Senior services, A Qualifying Medical Condition is:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
  • A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms,
    • Examples may include, but not limited to: multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome
  • Debilitating psychiatric disorders,
    • Example may include but not limited to: post-traumatic stress order, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
  • HIV or AIDS
  • 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
  • A terminal illness
  • In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition,
    • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease (or other inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Autism
  • Neuropathies
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia and wasting syndrome.

Frequently Asked Questions about a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card:

How do I register to be eligible to purchase medical cannabis?

To purchase medical cannabis, you must be a qualifying patient who has been approved by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. You must have a valid DHSS issued ID card.

What if my ID card is expired?

You must apply to renew your card. You cannot enter a dispensary with an expired card

How much medicinal cannabis can I purchase?

Qualified Patients are allowed to purchase 32 MMEs (4 oz.) of compliant product per month.

1 MME = 3.5 grams marijuana

1 MME = 1 gram marijuana concentrate

1 MME = 100mg of THC infused product

I require more than the standard 4 ounces of medical cannabis per month, can I purchase more?

In order to apply for an increased amount, patients should use the Alternative Physician Certification Form: https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/pdf/physician-certification-form-alternative.pdf

Patients are required to submit TWO of these forms, completed by two different physicians, with the same qualifying medical condition selected on both forms.  (If the physicians’ recommended amounts listed on the forms are not the same, the patient will be allowed the lesser of those two amounts).

Where do I purchase my medicinal cannabis?

Medicinal Cannabis must be purchased from a registered Missouri dispensary

Where can I use my medicinal cannabis?

Medicinal cannabis can only be used in a private setting.

Can I have a friend or family member purchase my medical cannabis?

No. Only a licensed dedicated caretaker can purchase a patient’s medical cannabis

Can I give some of my medicinal cannabis to a friends or family member?

No. Medicinal cannabis should only be used by the qualifying patient

Can I travel outside of Missouri with my medicinal cannabis?

No. Federally, cannabis is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. Traveling across state lines with any amount of cannabis is a federal crime.

If I have a medical cannabis card in another state, can I use it in Missouri?

No, you must apply for a Missouri Cannabis Card

How to Talk to your Doctor:

  • Describe in detail:
    • Your symptoms for your qualifying condition
    • What medications you are taking to treat your condition
      • How often are you taking it?
      • Route of administration/ Form of medication
  • Explain what you hope to gain from using medical cannabis
    • For example: relieve pain, decrease muscle spasms, restore appetite
    • Explain if you hope to relieve any symptoms associated with other medications using to treat your qualifying condition (nausea)
  • Inform your doctor that you are aware of the side effects of medical cannabis
    • Dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, insomnia
  • Be prepared to discuss benefits vs risks
  • Use professional language
    • such as medical cannabis or medical marijuana
    • Do not use slang terms such as pot, weed, grass
  • Remind your doctor that he/she is not writing a prescription, but giving a written certification
    • Bring your paperwork to your appointment

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