• Bailey Porras

Growing Your Own Marijuana in Missouri


With the number of medical marijuana patients in Missouri rapidly growing, and considering the cost of living, it’s smart to try and save money on your medicine. Home cultivation is a great way to do this!


Along with saving money, marijuana cultivation can be very rewarding for most people. It’s a learning experience, and it can become a great hobby too. Not to mention, you’ll know exactly what you are putting in your body!


If you have a green thumb, or are interested in learning more about growing your own medicine, you’ve come to the right place!


How to Cultivate

With Missouri Marijuana Card, the process is simple and painless. Here is a step-by-step guide to growing your own medicine at home!


Step 1: Get your medical marijuana card.


If you want to grow your own medicine, you have to first be a registered patient. If you don’t have your own medical card, we can help with that. Click here to schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate marijuana doctors.


Step 2: Apply for a home cultivation license.


When you register with the Department of Health and Senior Services, you’ll have the opportunity to also apply for a home cultivation ID. The application costs an additional $100, and you will need to certify that you have a location for your plants. They have to be kept out of sight and under lock and key, inaccessible to anyone but the cardholder.

Registered caregivers may grow medical marijuana plants for Missouri marijuana card holders if the patient is unable to grow. In this case, the caregiver must apply for the home cultivation ID after first registering as a caregiver. Patients may not grow for themselves if they have a caregiver growing for them.


Step 3: Set up your growing space and purchase necessary supplies.


Most people choose to grow their plants in a bedroom closet or basement storage room, but you can grow your plants pretty much anywhere. Just make sure you can keep them out of sight and locked away with no access by anyone other than the person authorized to grow.


As of Summer 2021, your options for getting seeds in Missouri are somewhat limited. You can order them online from places like Growers Choice Seeds, or you can pay a visit to the Cassville Dispensary in Cassville, MO for seeds in strains like Gorilla Glue, Blue Dream, and Northern Lights.


Step 4: Get growing, and harvest, dry, and cure your buds when they are ready!


Step 5: ENJOY!


Home Cultivation FAQ

  • How Many Marijuana Plants Can I Grow at Home?

According to the DHSS, each registered patient can grow up to six flowering plants, six nonflowering plants, and six clones at any given time. Caregivers can grow for no more than two patients at a time, bringing the total number of authorized plants at each stage up to 12.

The only exception to this rule would be a case in which a caregiver is also a patient. In this situation, an additional six flowering plants, six nonflowering plants, and six clones may be added to the cultivation plan.

  • Can I Grow My Cannabis Plants Outside?

You can grow your plants outdoors in Missouri, but there are some stipulations that make it a bit more challenging than growing those prize-winning tomatoes. Plants must be out of sight from your neighbors and any public thoroughfare, and they must be under lock and key, inaccessible by anyone but the grower and/or the patient.

  • What About Pests on My Cannabis Plants?

If you are growing in pots, make sure your soil is fresh and free of infestation. Keep a close eye on your plants, checking daily for signs that insects, fungus, or bacteria might be feeding on your crop. Make sure your plants are getting enough nutrients, sunlight and water, but be careful not to overwater because that can also lead to problems.

  • Where Can I Learn More About Growing Medical Marijuana in Missouri?

Here are some more resources for growing your own marijuana plants at home:

On Missouri Marijuana Card’s blog, we are working to build a library with everything you need to know about growing medical marijuana in your home.

In addition to our blog, there are plenty of other free resources out there, like the I Love Growing Marijuana Guide which is free to download.

If you want something more hands-on, Elite Home Growers Academy in Maryland Heights, MO offers a 2.5 hour in-person workshop, which teaches you everything you need to know about growing cannabis indoors.


And finally, for an in-depth course on growing your own medical marijuana plants in Missouri, Cannabis Training University offers a 22-lesson online course on how to grow marijuana plants. By the time you finish this course, you will pretty much be an expert on the subject matter.


Registered Patient Caregivers FAQ

  • Can I Have a Caregiver Grow My Cannabis Plants for Me?

Yes! Caregivers can grow plants for up to two patients, which means they can grow a maximum of 12 plants in each stage of growth: flowering, nonflowering, and clone. If the caregiver is also a patient, they can add six more plants to their cultivation plan, bringing the total number of authorized plants up to 18 per stage of growth.

  • Can Caregivers be Reimbursed for Their Expenses When Growing Medical Marijuana?

Caregivers may choose to grow medical marijuana for patients free of charge, but they may also be reimbursed for their expenses when growing. Cultivating marijuana can be an expensive and time consuming process, and patients may compensate caregivers for their efforts and expenditures.

  • Can I Share My Medical Marijuana With My Caregiver?

Your medical marijuana is designated for patient use only. Patients may not share the cannabis that a caregiver grows for them with anyone but another patient. Caregivers may also be patients, however. If your caregiver is also a registered patient, they can partake in the plants that are grown.

  • I am a Caregiver - How Many Patients Can I Grow For?

Caregivers may manage the care of up to three patients at a time, but they can only grow marijuana plants for two. The exception to this rule is if the caregiver is also a patient. If this is the case, then caregivers can grow cannabis for themselves in addition to the other two patients.


More Resources:

How to Water Your Plants

How to Clone Cannabis Plants

How to Prune Cannabis Plants

How to Top Cannabis Plants

How to Detect Mold

The Lifecycle of the Cannabis Plant

Germinating Seeds

Curing Your Cannabis Plants

Storing Your Cannabis


Start Growing Today!

If home cultivation is something that sounds intriguing to you, you’ll need your medical marijuana card first and foremost. Don’t have yours yet? We can help with that!


Our team of doctors are standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana physician online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.


 

Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.


At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.


Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!


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