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How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri Step By Step

A variety of persistent and severely debilitating physical and psychological conditions can be effectively treated with medical marijuana. Because of the overwhelming evidence supporting its therapeutic value, 37 states, including Missouri, have established medical marijuana programs.

Cannabis can be an effective symptom management tool to enhance daily function if you or a loved one suffers from a reduced quality of life as a result of a persistent medical condition. To ensure their quality and safety, medical cannabis products in Missouri are subjected to strict regulation.

If you follow the procedure exactly, you can obtain a medical marijuana patient certification form from your doctor, submit an application to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and get approval to buy marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary within 30 days (or have your caregiver do so).

Step 1: Identify Your Qualifying Condition

If you have a qualifying medical condition that has been approved by the state, you can only get a medical marijuana card. Those conditions include:

  • Cancer
  • Intractable migraines
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis or a chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or muscle spasms
  • Epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD or a debilitating psychiatric disorder
  • Any terminal illness
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Hepatitis C
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Neuropathies
  • Autism
  • Chronic pain
  • Sickle cell anemia

Additionally, Missouri recognizes qualifying conditions as any chronic or crippling medical conditions that a doctor believes will benefit from cannabis use or conditions that are typically treated with prescription medication but have the potential to develop physical or psychological dependence.

If you or a loved one has a chronic condition that worsens despite conventional treatment and affects your quality of life, you should schedule an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor.

Step 2: Meet with a Licensed Physician

A physician certification form must be obtained from a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) who is authorized to practice in Missouri before you can submit an application for an MMJ card. Your qualifying condition will be verified by the doctor, who will also perform an examination.

The doctor and you will talk about your symptoms and how they affect your daily life. To check for potential interactions and contraindications, they will inquire about your prescription medications. You will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using medical marijuana in treatment. The consultation can be carried out in person or through telemedicine.

The certificate will be issued and electronically submitted to the state by the doctor if they determine that medical marijuana can effectively treat your condition.

Step 3: Compile Your Paperwork

Make sure you have all the required supplemental documentation before submitting your application. You must upload each item to your electronic application. All paperwork must be legitimate and legible. Your application will be rejected if the supporting documentation is inadequate.

You must submit one of the following as evidence of your Missouri residency:

  • Valid Missouri driver’s license
  • Valid Missouri ID card
  • Current Missouri motor vehicle registration
  • Recent Missouri utility bill with your name and address

If you are applying on behalf of a non-emancipated minor, you must also include a parental or legal guardian consent form and a recent, clear color photo of your face. Finally, the state might ask you for more medical records.

Step 4: Submit Your Application

If you meet the requirements for an MMJ card, you must submit your new patient application to the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program within 30 days of your doctor’s certification. Through the online portal of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, you must create an account. The state only accepts applications submitted online.

When everything is set up, the system will prompt you to fill out the application’s mandatory fields. You must first link your account to the electronic physician certification. After that, you’ll finish filling out your demographic data and upload your supporting documents.

Next, you’ll sign the application, date it, and acknowledge the patient attestation. Finally, you’ll submit your application and pay the $27.76 application fee through the patient portal.

Step 5: Receive Your Medical Marijuana Card

After receiving your application, the state responds with an approval or rejection within 30 days. Missouri doesn’t print cannabis identification cards. A digital card will be made available in your online portal once it has been approved. It will be available for printing or downloading on a mobile device.

Each time you visit a dispensary, your card must be visible. Anytime you possess marijuana outside of your home, make sure you have your card. Missouri medical marijuana cards are valid for one year. Beginning 60 days before the expiration date, you can submit an application for renewal.

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Need Help Obtaining a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?

The best way to get a quick approval is to submit a complete and accurate application. For approval, incomplete submissions must be revised within 10 days of receiving notice. Applications containing false or deceptive information will be categorically rejected.

The Sanctuary can connect you with a qualified medical marijuana doctor, give you details on the qualifying conditions recognized by Missouri, and walk you through each step of the application procedure. To find out more, call us right away.