Your Guide to Iowa Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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Iowa passed the Medical Cannabidiol Act in 2017, making CBD and THC products available to any Iowan who obtains a medical marijuana card through the state's medical marijuana program. Research has shown that medical marijuana can be a transformative treatment for those with medical conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, or other kinds of terminal illnesses.

The only way to legally obtain medical cannabis is from licensed dispensaries regulated by the Iowa Department of Public Health. This level of oversight ensures that you only receive medical-grade cannabis cultivated under strict standards and manufactured to achieve the highest quality possible.

Purchasing medical marijuana from medical cannabis dispensaries in Iowa is simple and hassle-free as long as you‘ve been diagnosed with one of the state‘s qualifying conditions and have a valid Iowa medical marijuana card.

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Where Can You Buy Iowa Medical Marijuana?

There are currently five dispensaries located throughout the state of Iowa. MedPharm Iowa manages the cultivation, packaging, and dispensing of this cannabis. Payments must be made by cash or debit card.

The five dispensaries are:

These five dispensaries may not have the same inventory on-hand at all times, so it’s best to call ahead to verify their product availability. They will allow you to place orders by phone or online for in-store pickup to expedite your visit. You still must show your medical marijuana card, though.

Iowa law permits you to purchase 4.5 grams of THC every 90 days. Patients with terminal conditions or who obtain a waiver from their physician stating their need for more than 4.5 grams are not subject to that purchase limit.

What’s it Like Buying Medical Marijuana in Iowa?

The buying process in Iowa is straightforward. Iowa dispensaries suggest you call ahead to make an appointment, but they all accept walk-ins. A representative will review your medical marijuana card and government ID at the check-in desk.

If you are making your first visit to a dispensary, they will require a 15 to 30 minute initial consultation. You need to fill out an intake form, which can be downloaded and completed before you visit the dispensary. A consultant will review your medical history and recommend the type of products and dosage appropriate for you based on your treatment goals and medical history. Be sure to discuss your other medications with the consultant to rule out possible contraindications.

MedPharm recommends undergoing a consultation at each subsequent dispensary visit, but you don‘t have to do so. Dispensary staff members are always available to answer questions about medical cannabis and make recommendations.

Tips for Purchasing Medical Marijuana Products

Iowa dispensaries sell cannabis in the following forms:

  • Oral tablets, capsules, liquids, tinctures, and under-the-tongue applications
  • Topical gels, creams, ointments, lotions, and skin patches
  • Nebulizable forms which are inhaled (vapes)
  • Rectal and vaginal suppositories
  • Vaporization

Nebulizing and vaping typically induce the most rapid effects. Oral products usually provide the longest-lasting effects.

Your local dispensary staff can provide advice regarding the best type of product for you. New patients are best served by starting with a low dose of medical marijuana. You can then increase your dosage and frequency of use depending on how your condition responds to the treatment.

If you cannot visit a dispensary due to a disability, you may have your physician designate a caregiver to obtain and possess medical marijuana on your behalf. That individual must register for a caregiver card to purchase from Iowa dispensaries.

You should carry your marijuana registration card with you any time you have cannabis products on your person. Iowa dispensaries log and label your purchases with your patient ID number, which is also on your card. You are only allowed to possess and consume cannabis that you purchased for yourself or that your caregiver has purchased for you.

Need Help Applying for a Iowa Medical Marijuana Card?

Still have questions about obtaining and using a medical marijuana card in Iowa? Reach out to the Sanctuary today to learn more about the application process and to get connected with a local healthcare practitioner.