How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri Step by Step
Book an Appointment with one of our Doctors
Call or text us or book your appointment online. You will receive guidance from our staff as to the details of your state's process.
Obtain a Patient Certification Form by Meeting with a Certified Doctor
Consult with the doctor for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your qualifying conditions and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. Your certification will be issued at your appointment if you qualify for it.
Register with the State and Submit Your Application
Next, you must register with the state using their online registration portal. Once you've registered, you can complete and submit your medical marijuana card application within the same portal.
Visit a Dispensary Near You to Obtain Medical Marijuana
Once your medical marijuana card arrives in the mail, you'll be able to purchase marijuana products from any state-licensed dispensary in Missouri.
Medical marijuana is an effective treatment for an array of chronic and debilitating physical and emotional conditions. The evidence for its treatment value is so strong that 37 states, including Missouri, have robust medical cannabis programs.
If you or a loved one has a diminished quality of life due to an ongoing medical condition, cannabis can provide effective symptom management to improve day-to-day function. The available products you can access with your Missouri medical card are highly regulated to ensure their quality and safety.
You can obtain a medical marijuana patient certification form from a physician, submit an application to the state of Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), and receive approval to purchase cannabis from a state-licensed dispensary (or for your caregiver to do so) within 30 days if you follow each step of the process correctly.
Medical Marijuana in Missouri
The applicant is not required to provide DHSS with any medical records or medical history to get a card. However, their certifying medical marijuana doctor may require some.
The Physician Certification Form the physician submits on the patient’s behalf must include their demographic information, their qualifying medical condition, the physician's attestation, the physician's signature, and the date.
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Missouri Qualifying Conditions
Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in Missouri include but may not be limited to:
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Any other source of chronic pain or any other debilitating medical condition a physician considers suitable for medical marijuana treatment, including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, Autism, neuropathies, Sickle Cell Anemia, or wasting syndrome
- Chronic medical condition usually treated with prescription medication that carries the risk of physical and/or psychological dependence
- Chronic medical condition with severe and persistent pain or muscle spasms, including but not limited to Multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, or seizures
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS
- Intractable migraines
- Terminal illness
Where Can You Buy Missouri Medical Marijuana?
As of August 2022, there are over 150 licensed medical cannabis dispensaries in Missouri. The only marijuana you can legally purchase and possess is what you purchase from a licensed MO marijuana dispensary. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services maintains a list of all locations throughout the state.
Many dispensaries allow you to place orders online for your medical marijuana and pick them up in-store at the Missouri dispensary. You can also have medical marijuana delivered. MO Medical Dispensaries include:
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At the Sanctuary Wellness Institute, our mission is to advocate for medical cannabis patients nationwide and to assist prospective applicants in navigating the registration process in their respective states. We offer our services to residents of multiple states applying for medical marijuana programs, including Missouri.
Missouri has authorized the use of telemedicine to certify patients for medical marijuana cards. At the Sanctuary, our staff members are available to schedule a virtual appointment for you with one of our doctors. You do not need to have a prior doctor's evaluation to meet with our licensed physicians.
During your appointment, your doctor will evaluate your condition and determine if you meet the state’s requirements for medical marijuana use. If your physician believes you would benefit from marijuana use, they will submit a certificate to the Missouri DHSS as soon as possible. Once your information is in the system, you can continue the application process on the DHSS website.
Frequently Asked Questions
For patients and caregivers, the total cost of obtaining a medical marijuana card is $25.94. Keep in mind that physicians will charge extra for consultations.
A caregiver is anyone who’s at least 21 years old who manages the care of a minor or minors seeking medical marijuana. The patient and their caregiver must each register with the state to obtain a card. Caregivers can purchase and possess marijuana on behalf of the patients for whom they care.
One patient can only have up to two caregivers, and a caregiver may only serve a maximum of three qualified patients.
No. Health insurance providers don’t currently cover the medical marijuana certification process. Despite Missouri state law, medical marijuana remains federally illegal.
Missouri medical marijuana cards are valid for one year. Their owners must complete an application to renew them each year and pay the application fees before they expire.
Missouri residents can start the renewal process within 60 days of their cards’ expiration dates.