Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions are approved for a Missouri medical marijuana card?
To receive a medical marijuana card in Missouri, you must be diagnosed by a licensed MO physician. Following is a list of the common qualifying conditions:
- Intractable migraines, and other chronic pain, unresponsive to other treatment
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to thoseassociated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome
- Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
- Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome(HIV or AIDS)
- A chronic medical condition that is typically 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; this can include anxiety disorders
- Any terminal illness; or 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 (ALS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathy, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia and wasting syndrome.
Can I consume medical marijuana and drive?
The patient identification card does not offer individuals protections from violating laws pertaining to operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence. Nothing in Article XIV permits a person to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any dangerous device or motor vehicle, aircraft or motorboat while under the influence of marijuana.
Can I grow my own Marijuana plants?
Yes, upon receipt of a patient cultivation identification card. There is an additional $100 fee to grow up to six flowering plants per patient and security regulations that must be followed. See 19 CSR 30-95.030(4) for more information.
If I have a patient cultivation card, where do I find seeds or plant to grow marijuana until dispensariesopen?
We cannot advise anyone on where to obtain the means to grow marijuana.
How much medical marijuana can I buy?
The qualifying patient’s physician may certify up to four ounces of dried, unprocessed marijuana, or its equivalent, in a 30-day period. If there is a compelling reason why the qualifying patient needs a greater amount, then the Department requires two independent physician certifications specifying what other amount the qualifying patient needs. See 19 CSR 30-95.030(5)(E) for more information.
Will patient registration status be made publicly available?
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 can I fax my medical records so that they can be viewed by the physician at the time of my medical marijuana evaluation appointment
You can fax your records to 949-404-8950 or you can have them emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also request a copy of record release form.
How many caregivers can Idesignate?
Patients can designate up to two caregivers. The patient must be licensed, and the caregiver(s) must be licensed according to 19 CSR 30-95.030(8)(B).
Which documents do I need in order to obtain Missouri Physician Certification Form?
Patient should bring their Photo ID issued by state of Missouri along with past medical records that confirms patient’s qualifying medical condition. Records can be faxed (949-404-8950) or e-mailed (email@example.com) to us prior to appointment to save time.
How many patients have been approved in state of Missouri?
Data released by Missouri DHSS on 11/15/2019 shows that there are 19,801 legal patients in Missouri.
Can I legally possess Medical Marijuananow?
Only those patients and caregivers with a valid department-issued identification card may legally possess marijuana in accordance with 19CSR30-95.030. Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution provides that, once the Department begins accepting patient applications, those applications will be acted upon by the Department within 30 days after receipt.
Can I publicly consume medicalMarijuana?
Per 19 CSR 30-95.030, no qualifying patient shall consume marijuana for medical use in a public place, unless provided by law. 19 CSR 30-95.010 defines a public place as any public or private property, or portion of public or private property, that is open to the general public, including but not limited to, sidewalks, streets, bridges, parks, schools and businesses. See 19 CSR 30-95.010(33) for more information.
What is primarycaregiver?
Someone who is:
- Twenty-one (21) years of age orolder;
- Responsible for managing the well-being of a Qualified Patient;and
- Designated on the primary caregiver’s application for an identification card or in otherwritten notification to thedepartment.
Can I have a medical marijuana identification card and own and/or purchaseguns?
Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, which authorizes medical use of marijuana in Missouri, does not reference or prohibit the possession or purchase of firearms. However, federal law still may prohibit the possession or purchase of a firearm by individuals who use marijuana, regardless of whether a state has legalized marijuana for medical use. The Department of Health and Senior Services does not regulate the possession or purchase of firearms and therefore cannot say how the federal prohibition will be enforced within Missouri. Specific questions about these federal firearm restrictions should be directed to your attorney or the appropriate law enforcement agency.
I want a cultivator license and have a caregiver. Are we both required to apply for cultivation license?
No. In the qualifying patient/caregiver relationship, only the patient or the caregiver may obtain a cultivator license, but not both.
How do I get moreinformation?
Email your inquiries to: MedicalMarijuanaInfo@health.mo.gov
Can someone with an out-of-state medical marijuana card or physician certification possess medical marijuana inMissouri?
Section 5(1) of Article XIV provides that a person who produces an “equivalent identification card or authorization issued by another state or political subdivision of another state” will not be subject to arrest or other sanctions under Missouri law for possession of marijuana in quantities less than the limits for qualified Missouri patients.
Can a qualifying patient under the age of 18 obtain a cultivationlicense?
No, unless the qualifying patient under the age of 18 is emancipated. Only a parent or guardian who holds a primary caregiver identification card may obtain a cultivation license for a non-emancipated qualifying patient under the age of 18.
When will medical marijuana be available for purchases at license Missourifacilities?
The department will begin accepting applications for cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensing facilities on Aug. 3, 2019 and we anticipate medical marijuana may be available for purchase at licensed facilities sometime after January 2020.
Can I do a walk-in application instead of applying on-line?
No. The Department only accepts patient/caregiver applications submitted through its secure, on-line registry. Any mailed patient/caregiver application and/or payment will not be accepted.
What is the patient/caregiverfees?
There is a $25 fee for patients and a $25 fee for caregivers. See Article XIV(3)(19) & (20) for more information.
How do I become legal Medical Marijuana Patient in State of Missouri?
Call or Text us at (573) 326-4496 and our team member will be happy to set up yourappointment with one of our Board-Certified local Missouri physicians.
How Many patients can a caregiverhave?
Caregivers can have up to three patients. See 19 CSR 30-95.030(8) for more information.