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Tips for Applying for a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri

Since October 2020, Missouri residents who meet the requirements and their primary caregivers have been able to obtain medical marijuana cards that let them buy cannabis and products with THC legally. To ensure that patients have secure access to cannabis with medical value, the state regulates the production, retail, and cultivation aspects of its medical marijuana program.

You can save time and travel by completing every step of the card application process online. It will speed up the process and enable you to start treatment as soon as possible if you gather the required paperwork before your medical marijuana consultation.

Even if you are approved for a card, your application needs to be accurate and comprehensive. Submissions that are incomplete or contain false information are rejected by Missouri. Errors could lengthen the approval process or prevent you from getting a card.

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Ensure You Have a Qualifying Condition

More than many other states, Missouri recognizes the therapeutic value of cannabis. Medical conditions like cancer, terminal illness, wasting syndrome, cachexia, glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease, sickle cell anemia, inflammatory bowel disease, Hepatitis C, migraines that won’t go away, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, tourette’s syndrome, HIV, AIDS, and PTSD may qualify patients for medical cannabis treatment, but the state ultimately allows its medical marijuana doctors to make those determinations.

A patient is eligible for a medical marijuana identification card, according to the Missouri Department of Health, if they have a medical condition or disorder that results in persistent pain or muscle spasms or whose prescribed medications carry an addiction risk.

You probably qualify for an MMJ card if you have a chronic disease, illness, or mental disorder that interferes with your daily life and keeps you from engaging in routine activities. The best way to get this life-improving treatment is to speak with a doctor who is licensed to practice in Missouri.

Meet with a Medical Marijuana Doctor

A patient certification for cannabis treatment may be issued by any Missouri-licensed Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). Due to the ongoing federal prohibition on cannabis, doctors are not required to advise patients to use it because the treatment is not FDA-approved.

Consult a skilled medical marijuana doctor to ensure the best possible treatment outcome. They will carry out a quick but thorough consultation to evaluate your qualifying condition, figure out how likely it is that you will respond successfully to cannabis, and discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and side effects of treatment.

You will then use the electronic certification issued from your doctor to submit your application to the state. Apply as soon as you can because the certificate is only good for 30 days from the date of the doctor’s signature.

Get Approved By the State

After receiving your doctor’s certification form, you can create an online account on the DHSS website. You must upload documents that prove your residency, such as a driver’s license or state ID card, link the certificate to your account using your social security number, complete the demographic information, and include a current photo. Additionally, the state may ask for more medical records.

You must use your online account to pay the $27.76 application fee to the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program. The state of Missouri processes applications in the order that they are received. The approval process for eligible patients may take up to 30 days. You have 10 days from the date of notice to submit an amended application if your application is rejected for being incomplete.

Start Visiting Missouri Dispensaries

No cards are mailed by the state. Your online account’s dashboard will display a digital copy. You can print a copy to keep with you and download one to your mobile device.

In Missouri, there are more than 190 licensed dispensaries as of August 2022. There is an exhaustive list of locations on the DHSS website.

The majority of dispensaries have websites where customers can browse through their selection of flowers, vape cartridges, edibles, drinks, capsules, topical treatments, and tinctures. Based on your symptoms and prior marijuana use, dispensary staff can advise you on the best cannabis strain and method of consumption.

Contact the Sanctuary for Your Missouri Cannabis Card Needs

The Sanctuary can assist you in navigating the complexities of the Missouri medical marijuana card application process, provide advice on qualifying conditions that qualify you, and explain the application requirements.

Our staff is aware of every step in the application procedure and the concerns that new medical marijuana patients have. We will put you in touch with an enthusiastic medical professional who is qualified to respond to inquiries about how cannabis can benefit you, examine you for any potential contraindications, and help you set reasonable expectations for your treatment.

The Sanctuary can help you with assembling the necessary supplemental documents after you’ve obtained your certificate and offer suggestions for submitting an accurate and thorough application.