Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become legal Medical Marijuana Patient in State of Missouri?
Call 573-326-4496 to schedule an appointment with Marijuana Card Clinic, or schedule online.
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.
Do mental health issues need to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist?
No! That is a common misunderstanding. A diagnoses by your primary care physician will suffice.
How does telemedicine work?
We use a website that is secure and HIPAA compliant, created for telemedicine. The patient will need a device (phone, tablet, laptop or computer) with a good WiFi connection and a camera and microphone to make the video call a success. We do not use sites such as Facetime or Zoom as they are not secure. For your appointment you will go to the link provided in the instructions, check in, and wait for the doctor to connect. Our clinic will call after the appointment has been completed for payment and any other follow up.
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 publicly consume medical Marijuana?
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.
Can I grow my own Marijuana plants?
Yes, upon receipt of a patient cultivation identification card. There is an additional $103.73 fee to grow up to 6 flowering plants, 6 in a vegetative stage, and 6 clones 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 dispensaries open?
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.
What is primary caregiver?
Someone who is:
- Twenty-one (21) years of age or older;
- Responsible for managing the well-being of a Qualified Patient
- Designated by the qualified patient on the primary caregiver’s application for an identification card or in other written notification to the department.
How many caregivers can I designate?
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).
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 needs obtain a cultivator license, but not both. If the caregiver is also growing for themselves, they must have a cultivation license for themselves. One license is required for each person being grown for.
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, if available.
How many patients have been approved in state of Missouri?
Data released by Missouri DHSS on shows that there are over 180,000 legal patients in Missouri.
Can I legally possess Medical Marijuana now?
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.
Does a medical marijuana card provide job protection?
No! Please discuss with your employer before scheduling an appointment. Missouri regulations do not provide for job protection. It is up to individual businesses to determine their individual policies regarding medical marijuana.
Can I obtain a card if I am on probation or parole?
Another question without a definite answer. Please contact your PO. Some will approve of a medical marijuana card, others will not.
Do I need a referral from my primary physician?
No referral is required.
Will my primary physician be contacted?
No, we do not need to contact your physician.
Can I have a medical marijuana identification card and own and/or purchase guns?
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 have a cultivation license for myself. Can I sell what I don't use?
No. No. No. An individual cultivation license is completely different from a dispensary license. Product grown is solely for that individual patient’s use.
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 cultivation license?
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.
Where can I purchase medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana can be legally obtained at any LICENSED dispensary in Missouri.
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 are the patient/caregiver fees?
There is a $25.94 fee for patients and a $25.94 fee for caregivers. Cultivation licenses are available for $103.73 and must comply with state requirements. See Article XIV(3)(19) & (20) for more information.
How Many patients can a caregiver have?
Caregivers can have up to three patients. See 19 CSR 30-95.030(8) for more information.
My friend has a card. Can't they just purchase from a dispensary for me?
No. Please, no. A medical marijuana card only protects the specific patient. Selling cannabis without a dispensary license is illegal.
How do I get more information?
Contact Marijuana Card Clinic, or email your inquiries to: MedicalMarijuanaInfo@health.mo.gov