How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri: Requirements, Waiting Periods and More

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Have you heard that the Show-Me-State has legalized marijuana for medical use? The Amendment 2 vote passed in November 2018. You may now apply for a medical marijuana card in Missouri.

They began issuing the cards in the Fall of 2019, so now is the time to get the application process completed. Read on to learn about qualifications, waiting periods, and how to get cannabis for medical use.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

For starters, if you want to buy and use medical marijuana in Missouri, you will need a medical marijuana card. The Medical marijuana card’s official name is a medical marijuana (MMJ) recommendation. Your MMJ allows you to purchase medical marijuana.

You must provide a medical prescription written by a licensed healthcare provider to a Missouri-licensed dispensary facility.

The application fee for an MMJ is $25 per patient or caregiver. If you wish to grow your own marijuana, there is a $100 fee.

Who Administers the Missouri MMJ Program?

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is the designated state agency in charge of administering the MMJ program. They began accepting applications for MMJs on June 28, 2019.

The DHSS will review applications and either grant or refuse medical marijuana licenses. Amendment 2 states that the DHSS must accept or deny MMJ applications within 30 days of submission. If your application is approved, you will receive your MMJ at that time.

What Is Required for a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri?

There are several steps you must take to get an MMJ. You are a resident of the State of Missouri. And you must be 18 years or older. Your application must include a “Physician Certification” and must be less than 30 days old. You may submit the Physician Certification in written or electronic format. It must include your physician’s signature. This signature means that, in their professional opinion, medical marijuana will benefit your condition.

The patient must attach their Physician Certifications to their applications; they are not generally sent from the physician’s office. You would need to download this form from the state medical marijuana website and then take it to the physician’s office for completion and signature. 

Qualifying Conditions for an MMJ

Missouri, like several other states, has a list of qualifying conditions to get an MMJ. Before starting the application process, verify that you have a qualifying condition diagnosis. The physician must determine if you have had prior treatment failure. This means a lack of response to treatment regimens or adverse symptoms or side effects.

This list includes but is not limited to qualifying conditions.:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Autism
  • Neuropathies
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Agitation associated with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting syndrome

Chronic medical conditions causing severe, ongoing pain or muscle spasms may include:

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Seizures
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Tourette’s Syndrome

Debilitating psychiatric disorders can consist of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The diagnosis of all psychiatric conditions must come from a state-licensed psychiatrist.

Some chronic qualifying conditions involve specific situations. Sometimes disease or symptom management is deemed safer with marijuana than other medications. For example, the prescription may risk the development of physiologic or psychological drug dependence.

Other chronic and debilitating conditions may include:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraines that haven’t responded to other treatments
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Any terminal illness

This list represents guidelines for the physician. The final decision to prescribe medical marijuana lies with the licensed physician. As with all prescriptions, the practitioner uses their professional judgment to recommend treatment

Information You Will Need for Your Application

You must submit the application using the online registry. Anyone with a diagnosed qualifying condition may apply. If you are unable to self-administer the medical marijuana, your caregiver may apply.

You must provide identifying information that includes your full name, date of birth, and social security number, and your residential and mailing address. The applicant must be able to prove residency in Missouri. This can be done with a valid Missouri driver’s license. If you do not have a valid Missouri ID, you can also use your current Missouri motor vehicle registration or recent Missouri utility bill.

As mentioned earlier, you need a signed Physician Certification Form. The physician’s signature should be within 30 days of application submission. Be sure the physician holds a Missouri license that is active and in good standing.

You must provide a legible copy of your photo identification issued by a state or government agency. There are special instructions if the patient is a non-emancipated qualifying patient. A Parent/Legal Guardian Consent Form must be completed and submitted with the application. If you receive help from any Missouri program for low-income citizens, you may state this on the application. You will need to give information about your specific plan.

If you wish to receive the authority to cultivate medical marijuana, you must state this on your form. After that, you will complete an Attestations Statement and sign and date the application, and finally, you must pay all applicable fees.

You Can Cultivate Medical Marijuana

According to Amendment 2, it’s legal for registered patients and caregivers to cultivate medical marijuana at home. The qualifying patient or caregiver may only have one cultivation license. You must adhere to several state requirements. The plants may be grown indoors or outdoors, must always be enclosed and locked. Individuals may only grow six flowering marijuana plants, but you can keep another six plants in the vegetative state. All plants must be less than 14 inches tall, and you must use a carbon air filter to decrease the smell from the plants. Any excess marijuana may be taken to a dispensary for disposal.

Do You Need a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri?

Do you have a medical condition that can benefit from the use of medical marijuana? As you read in this article, you can now get a medical marijuana card in Missouri. We are here to help you with the process, and with any questions or concerns, you may have along the way! You can check out our Blog tab to find many articles about use, treatment options, and legislation related to marijuana. Visit our site today to get your questions answered.