If you or a loved one has a debilitating medical condition, medicinal marijuana could change your life. While the medication is not curative, many Missouri patients rely on it to manage symptoms that limit their activity and negatively impact their quality of life.
The Missouri Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program controls the licensing and operation of cannabis shops. To maintain patient safety and confidence, the state strictly monitors how marijuana is cultivated and manufactured.
Dispensaries are secure, professional, and highly regulated establishments that provide valuable services to patients. Do not allow fear of visiting a facility to prevent you from enhancing your functional tolerance and engagement in your life.
Missouri will have over 150 approved medical cannabis stores by August 2022. Only marijuana purchased from a dispensary can be lawfully purchased and possessed by Missouri residents. The state Department of Health and Senior Services has a list of all of the state’s dispensary locations.
Many dispensaries accept online orders that can be picked up in-store. You can even have medical marijuana delivered to your home.
Dispensaries operating in Missouri include the following:
Missouri policy prioritizes patient access and safety. The Medical Marijuana Regulation Program strictly enforces production, manufacturing, and sales requirements to guarantee that only high-quality medical-grade cannabis is used to treat patients. The strain of cannabis and dose information are included on all product labels.
Marijuana dispensaries are quite safe to visit. They are secure and only allow cardholders and their caretakers access. While each facility is unique, most feature a foyer where you can check in and wait to speak with personnel.
The cannabis items are sold in a separate area that must be hidden from view from the street or any exterior facing windows. You can ask questions, make your selections, and finish your transaction after the staff checks your ID and medical marijuana card.
The dispensary will log your purchase in an electronic tracking system to guarantee you only get what is authorized under Missouri law.
Debit cards and cash are accepted at dispensaries. Most have ATMs on-site, and some take credit card payments as cash advances. Almost every dispensary has a website with product menus, allowing you to verify inventory before visiting. Facilities carry a variety of brands and provide promotions, so inquire about your options.
Budtenders are dispensary employees who are passionate about patient care and believe in the therapeutic value of cannabis. They provide information on various marijuana strains, the best ways to ingest it to treat specific ailments, and other cannabis-related issues.
Qualified patients in Missouri can buy cannabis flower, tinctures, terpenes, prerolls, vape cartridges, edibles, drinks, and concentrates. THC levels and absorption rates vary depending on the type of cannabis. Inhalable products, including as pre-rolls and vapes, enter your circulation more quickly, but the medicinal effects are less long-lasting and strong. They may be more effective for those experiencing severe pain and acute symptoms. Edibles and concentrates work more slowly but last longer in your system, providing long-lasting relief.
Missouri medical marijuana patients can also use their MMJ ID cards to buy CBD products from certified Missouri dispensaries.
Your budtender can provide advice based on the response of your qualifying conditions to initial therapy. The same strain and delivery method may have various effects on different people, which is why you should visit a budtender before going for indica or sativa. You should also keep an eye on yourself because cannabis might amplify the adverse effects of prescription drugs.
Missouri permits doctors to provide certifications using telehealth, allowing you to complete the entire process online through the registry site.
It can take up to 30 days to process an application. Obtaining a treatment certificate from a qualified doctor and completing an accurate application will expedite your approval.
For a medical marijuana card consultation, The Sanctuary can recommend you to a physician that participates in the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program. We can then walk you through the application process to help you save time and money by submitting the best application possible.