Frequently Asked Questions About Missouri's Medical Marijuana Program
Do I Qualify For Medical Marijuana in Missouri?
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (“DHSS”) has approved a number of qualifying conditions that will allow patients to access Medical Marijuana in Missouri. The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment in Missouri identified by the DHSS include any chronic or debilitating condition that, in the professional judgment of a physician, might be helped by the use of medical cannabis.
Why do I need a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?
A Missouri medical marijuana card shows that your name has been added to the Missouri Medical Marijuana Registry by a licensed Missouri physician. With this card, you can:
1. Buy marijuana from dispensaries in the State of Missouri
2. Possess marijuana and marijuana products in the State of Missouri legally
3. Consume marijuana and marijuana products in the State of Missouri on your own private property
4. Grow personal plants on your own private property
A Missouri medical marijuana card is a personal identification card that shows the patient is a legal Missouri registered medical marijuana patient.
What is a cultivation card and what does it do?
A cultivation card allows you to legally possess 6 marijuana flowering plants in your home. You must apply for the card when you apply with your medical marijuana card. Notification takes up to 30 days. The fee for the card is an additional $100.
How do I get a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?
To obtain your Missouri medical marijuana card, you need to have a Missouri medical marijuana doctor confirm that you suffer from one or more of the qualifying conditions and recommend medical marijuana to you. Our staff at Missouri Marijuana Card is here to simplify the process, connecting you with a certified doctor, and filing all your necessary paperwork!
Our team specializes in helping patients across the state of Missouri obtain their medical marijuana cards. With locations in all major Missouri cities, our doctors are here to help you through the process. Give us a call, or send us a message, if you’d like to find out more information about how you can get your medical marijuana card in Missouri.
Do You Offer Telemedicine Medical Marijuana Evaluations?
Yes! At Missouri Marijuana Card, patients can be approved for medical marijuana through telemedicine appointments. Telemed allows patients to meet virtually with one of our physicians through their computer or phone and be approved for medical marijuana treatment.
Am I guaranteed to get approved for Medical Marijuana after visiting a Missouri Marijuana Doctor office?
We can’t guarantee approval for anyone, as the doctor is the only person that makes the determination whether or not a patient qualifies. To make it more likely that you receive approval from the doctor, we recommend that you bring your medical records and as much information as possible to your appointment regarding your medical condition and past treatments. However, you do not have to worry as the entire cost of an appointment will be a nominal flat fee if you, for whatever reason, are not approved by the doctor.
What conditions make a patient eligible for Medical Marijuana in the State of Missouri?
A qualifying Missouri patient must have a condition, symptom (that has been diagnosed by a physician), or side effect related to the treatment of:
• Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
• Chronic medical conditions that cause 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
Rehabilitating psychiatric disorders, including but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder, if diagnosed by a state-licensed psychiatrist
• Human immunodeficiency virus (“HIV”) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (“AIDS”)
• Chronic medical conditions that have been or normally are treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, which 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
• Any terminal illness. In the professional judgment of a physician, other chronic, debilitating or other medical conditions, 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.
When can I apply for my identification card?
Applications are now being accepted for patients. The Missouri Medical Marijuana Program ("MMMP") uses Complia, and it is found on their website.
When will I receive my identification card?
Within 30 days of application, if your application is approved. The MMMP will send it to you digitally.
What is the cost for a Medical Marijuana card in Missouri?
Some doctors charge an exorbitant amount of money just for an initial examination. We feel strongly that if you qualify for medical marijuana, you shouldn't have trouble accessing it due to cost. We offer a variety of payment options, including discounts for veterans, as well as referral discounts to those who spread the word about our services. After the first appointment, all required follow-ups are free for 12 months. The state also has a $25 fee to submit the patient application.
If my registry identification card is lost, stolen or damaged what do I do and is there a fee to replace the card?
If the application was submitted online, (through Complia) you may print a replacement card. Simply return to the Missouri Medical Marijuana system account and reprint your card. Please note that once a replacement card is issued the old card is no longer valid. In addition, there is a registry change form available here for requesting a change/replacement card. However, if you applied with a paper application, please complete the change form and mail to the office.
I received my registry identification card but it has other incorrect information, what do I do?
If the application was completed online you may complete the change form and submit. If you completed a paper application, complete the change form, and mail it to the office. A corrected replacement card will be sent as soon as possible. Again, please be aware that once a replacement card is issued, the prior card is no longer valid.
If my registry identification card expired and I didn’t submit my renewal application before the deadline, am I still eligible to purchase Medical Marijuana?
No. When your card expires, the legal protection offered by the Missouri Medical Marijuana Act is expired. You may still submit your renewal application, and you also need to be seen by a physician. This will need to be done annually for your protection.
Where can patients purchase Medical Marijuana?
Once you have obtained a recommendation from a certified doctor and received your Missouri Medical Marijuana card, you'll be able to purchase medical marijuana at any of the 192 licensed dispensaries located throughout the state of Missouri. Missouri patients are also allowed to grow (with a cultivator license).
Can I grow my own Medical Marijuana?
Yes, Missouri medical marijuana patients may grow up to six (6) marijuana plants at home and up to eighteen (18) marijuana plants if you are a caregiver for three patients, but any such plants must be under "lock and key." You must apply for a cultivator license to be compliant.
Do I have to buy my marijuana from one of the dispensaries?
Yes. To be protected under the Missouri Medical Marijuana Act, your marijuana must be labeled from one of the Missouri dispensaries. Missouri patients are also allowed to grow (with a cultivator license).
Where will the dispensaries be located in Missouri?
We do not know the exact number of approved dispensaries. For a detailed look at where to find your nearest dispensary, visit our Missouri dispensary locations page.
How much Medical Marijuana can be purchased from the dispensary?
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Medical Marijuana Program has set caps on the amount of marijuana that can be purchased by a patient. Patients can purchase up to 4 ounces of medical marijuana flower, or the equivalent ratio of other marijuana products. Patients cannot possess more than a 30-day supply of marijuana flower. If more than a four-ounce supply is needed, approval is required from two independent physicians.
Will my insurance or Medicaid pay for my marijuana?
At this time, no insurance provider is assisting with the purchase of medical marijuana because under federal law it is still considered a controlled substance.
How much will Medical Marijuana cost?
The cost of medical marijuana will be set by each dispensary. At this point, it isn’t clear what those prices will be exactly. With numerous dispensaries opening throughout the state of Missouri, we hope that the competition will keep prices low and affordable.
Does Missouri have reciprocity with other states?
The state of Missouri does not allow reciprocity, which means medical marijuana patients with valid recommendations from other states cannot access medical marijuana in Missouri. Patients are approved state by state which means you may not qualify under Missouri law"
What is a Designated Caregiver, and how many can I have?
A designated medical marijuana caregiver is a person who is selected by a qualifying patient as the person authorized, on the qualifying patient’s behalf, to possess, obtain from a certified medical marijuana dispensary, dispense and assist in the administration of medical marijuana. As the patient, you allowed two (2) caregivers and they must be registered through the state. Caregivers must apply for a registry card. It is not legal for caregivers to consume, by any means, medical marijuana that has been dispensed on behalf of a registered qualifying patient. Further, a designated caregiver is not prohibited from receiving compensation or reimbursement of expenses from a qualifying patient for assisting a qualifying patient with the medical use of marijuana.
How do I apply to be a designated caregiver?
Missouri has online registration for the medical marijuana program. Applications will be posted on the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services website (Complia). The fee is $25 and is payable online.
What is a primary caregiver?
Someone who is:
Twenty-one (21) years of age or older;
Responsible for managing the well-being of a qualified patient
Designated on the primary caregiver application for an identification card or in other written notification to the Department.
*Medical marijuana caregivers cannot have more than three patients.*
Do I need a caregiver card to purchase medical marijuana for my child?
Yes. Qualified patients under 18 years of age cannot purchase medical marijuana from a dispensary. The legal guardian or parent is required to register as a caregiver to buy medical marijuana for a minor.
Can a caregiver have more than one patient?
Yes. An individual may serve as a caregiver for up to three (3) patients. A caregiver must apply for a registry card for each patient and pay $25 for each registry card.
Can a caregiver also be a registered qualifying patient?
Yes. A caregiver may be a registered qualifying patient.
How much does it cost to register as a medical marijuana patient or caregiver in Missouri?
The registration with the DHSS (which is separate from us) will be $25.
Can my employer still drug test me for marijuana if I am a registered patient?
Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. Missouri does not provide protection to medical marijuana patients from employee drug testing. It will be left to the discretion of each employer whether they wish to recognize an employee's medical marijuana approval as an exemption to company drug testing policies. However, employers are prohibited from discriminating against an individual in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment based on an individual’s past or present status as a caregiver or a qualifying patient. Certain "safety-sensitive" positions are exempted from this protection, which includes professions that require carrying a firearm, performing life-threatening procedures, working with hazardous or flammable materials, and others listed in Missouri Act 593.
Is my personal information kept private?
The privacy of our patients is a top priority of ours, so we make sure all patient information is kept confidential in our HIPAA compliant file storage system.
Will the state of Missouri accept medical cards from other states?
No. At this time, you must be a patient in the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program to access medical marijuana in the state.
Will I be able to grow my own cannabis?
Patients will be allowed to grow six flowering plants in their home. (It must be an enclosed, locked facility that is equipped with security devices that permit access only to the patient/caregiver.) Patients will be allowed to purchase up to 4 ounces of dried medical marijuana or equivalent. The law requires one not to possess more than a 60-day supply of dried cannabis or equivalent unless permitted with written certification from two independent state-licensed physicians. The fee for the cultivator card is $100.
Will patient's registration status be made available to the public?
No. The law prohibits the DHSS, as well as Missouri licensed dispensaries, from making personal identifying information public. Physicians and those employed by dispensaries will be able to verify a patient or caregiver registration.
Where will I be able to purchase medical marijuana in Missouri?
Medical marijuana will be available from retail dispensaries licensed by DHSS. Once the DHSS has completed its dispensary licensing process, dispensary locations will be made available through this site. We will update our Missouri dispensary map as dispensaries begin to open.
When will I receive my Missouri Medical Marijuana card after the initial evaluation?
Within 30 days of application, if approved by the physician and all required paperwork is filled out.
What will take place at my first visit with Missouri Marijuana Card?
A registered Missouri MD will examine you, review your medical records, access your medical history, and maintain your patient records and provide follow-up care as needed.
What will I need for my appointment with Missouri Marijuana Card?
You will need a valid photo ID and medical records from a doctor or physician that say something about the condition for which you are trying to enter the program. If you need help getting your records, our staff can help you receive them at your initial appointment.
What is the Department doing to facilitate the implementation of Amendment 2?
The DHSS is reaching out to stakeholders for input and reviewing other states’ regulations to determine best practices. Check back to the Missouri DHSS website for updates and developments.
What happens if I am stopped by law enforcement?
Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Program was approved on Nov 6, 2018. Patients can start applying for identification cards now and will be distributed digitally. Only those patients and caregivers with a valid card can legally possess medical marijuana in a sealed container by the dispensary when they open. For cultivators, more information will be available when we have it.
What credentials do the physicians of Missouri Marijuana Card have?
All medical providers working with Missouri Marijuana Card are licensed and authorized to practice medicine in their respective states and are in full compliance with those state’s medical cannabis laws. They all possess extensive, working knowledge of medical cannabis benefits.
What is the Refund Policy For Telemedicine?
A full refund will be issued if the appointment is canceled 24 hours before the scheduled time and there has not been any OMC medical record department assistance in obtaining medical records. If the medical record team has sent record requests on behalf of the patient, there will be a $50 fee deducted from the refund. Appointments canceled less than 24 hours prior to scheduled appointment time will not be entitled to a refund, but you may re-book for another time at no charge.
No refund will be available if the patient misses their appointment without notifying OMC ahead of time. However, they will have the option of rebooking the appointment for a charge of $50.
There is no cannabis at this time; why would I get certified now?
For those who applied for their cultivator license, they can start growing as soon as they receive their digital Missouri marijuana license. Furthermore, once dispensaries open there becomes a massive influx of requests for patient registration and doctor visits with significant delays for both. At Missouri Marijuana Card, we encourage patients to get certified before this so that once dispensaries are open, our patients can immediately access their medicine.
How long will my Missouri Marijuana Card be valid?
A patient or caregiver registration will be valid from the date of issuance and expires after one year.
How do I become a legal medical marijuana patient in Missouri?
Patients are required to be a resident of Missouri and have at least one qualifying condition diagnosed by a qualified physician.
How do I set up an appointment with a registered Medical Marijuana Physician in Missouri?
Call (877) 303-3117 and our Missouri Marijuana Card team will be happy to set up your appointment at one of our clinic locations in Missouri. You can also schedule an appointment online for your medical marijuana evaluation.
Do I need to register as a medical cannabis patient in Missouri?
Yes. All medical marijuana patients and their caregivers are required to register with the DHSS. At this time the patient registry is not available. Once available, we will post that link and help patients register over the phone or in-person at one of our clinic locations.
Can I legally possess medical marijuana in the state of Missouri right now?
No. Amendment 2 requires a series of steps to be executed before Missouri medical marijuana is made available.
Can veterans obtain medical cannabis in Missouri?
Yes. Veterans also receive a discount with Missouri Marijuana Card. We appreciate and thank you for your service.
How do I get more information?
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