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4 Tips for Applying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa

Iowa recognizes medicinal marijuana’s effectiveness as a therapy for debilitating diseases that impair patients’ quality of life. That’s why the state enacted medicinal cannabis legalization legislation in 2017. Then, in December of 2018, they established a regulatory and supervisory framework and began selling cannabis consumables.

Any Iowan with a valid medical marijuana card may purchase cannabis, CBD, and THC products from the state’s dispensaries according to Iowa state law. Marijuana extracts and edibles are examples of such goods. These cannabis products are grown, processed, and marketed in accordance with stringent safety and quality standards.

Because medical marijuana has been proven to help so many patients, Iowa has issued over 23,000 marijuana cards since its program’s establishment.

Obtaining a medical cannabis card is the first step in efficiently managing your symptoms and protecting your quality of life. Submitting thorough and precise documents can accelerate the application process and quickly convert you into an official medical marijuana patient.

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Ensure That You Have a Qualifying Condition

The following conditions can qualify Iowa residents for medical marijuana treatment:

  • Cancer (when the disease or its treatment(s) cause severe or chronic pain, nausea or vomiting, and/or cachexia or wasting
  • Seizures
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Multiple sclerosis with severe and persistent muscle spasms
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Epilepsy
  • Terminal illnesses with a probable one-year life expectancy and with side effects like severe or chronic pain, nausea or vomiting, and/or cachexia or wasting
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Severe or intractable pediatric or adult autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors
  • Corticobasal degeneration
  • Cachexia/wasting syndrome

Meet with a Medical Marijuana Doctor

The first step in obtaining an MMJ card is to visit a physician. Iowa allows medical marijuana certifications to be issued in person or via telemedicine. This means you may complete the full procedure via phone.

Your doctor will inquire about your medical history and any debilitating medical conditions you may have. Then they will evaluate cannabis’s capacity to alleviate your symptoms. They will also detail the advantages and potential side effects of medicinal marijuana.

Double-Check Your Application

The quickest and most convenient way to apply is through the gateway on the Iowa Department of Public Health website.

A complete application will include:

  • A completed Healthcare Practitioner form signed by your medical marijuana provider
  • A completed Patient Application form
  • A copy of a valid Iowa driver’s license or an Iowa non-operator’s identification card

Check your application to ensure it is correct and comprehensive. Then double-check it. Make certain that all papers included in the application are readable.

Pay the Application Fee

You can pay your application fee with a debit card, credit card, or e-check. The cost is $100.

Applicants who provide a waiver, such as a scanned copy of a Social Security Disability Benefit notice (SSDI notice), a receipt of Supplemental Security Income Payment (SSI receipt), an Iowa Medicaid member card, or a Hawk-I member card, are eligible for a $25 price reduction.

Contact the Sanctuary for Your Iowa Cannabis Card Needs

The Sanctuary Wellness Institute can assist you if you are exploring using cannabis to address a medical issue. We will put you in touch with a registered Iowa medical marijuana doctor who will examine your qualifying condition and provide you with a recommendation.

We only refer prospective patients to doctors who believe in the transformative potential of medicinal cannabis. Our doctors can educate you about medical cannabis and its various health benefits.

Our team is familiar with the standards for candidates in Iowa. We will guide you through the application process so that your application is comprehensive and accurate. To learn more, contact us today.