Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for the Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri
November 2018 was a great month in Missouri. Medical marijuana was approved with Amendment 2. Now around the corner from my house is a coming soon sign for a dispensary!
It is a massive win for plant-based medicine. And with over 41,000 (as of March) patients approved for their medical marijuana card in Missouri, more will be coming as dispensaries open.
So how do you get a medical marijuana card in Missouri? I went and researched it for you!
Qualifying Conditions to Get a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card
First things first, you can’t get the evaluation and register without a qualifying condition.
Some of the common qualifying conditions are:
- Chronic Pain
- Intractable migraines unresponsive to treatment
- Agitation of Alzheimer's Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn's Disease
- Debilitating Psychiatric Disorders (diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist)
- Hepatitis C
- Huntington's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tourette's Syndrome
- Wasting Syndrome
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe or persistent pain or muscle spasms.
The Medical Marijuana Card Application Process for Missouri
All right, so you think you qualify to get your medical marijuana card in Missouri. Your next steps will be to get a physician evaluation to verify your need for medical marijuana. Then you take that evaluation form and submit it with some other documents to the state of Missouri.
Don’t worry, I did all the leg work for you and found out exactly what you need to do.
The Physician Certification/Evaluation Form
Anyone applying needs a Physician Certification/Evaluation Form to be completed by an MD or DO in Missouri's good standing.
In my research, I discovered that it is hard to find an actual doctor or doctor’s office in Missouri that will evaluate. All that popped up in Google search or in calling around was that it was easier to go through a site that offers medical marijuana card physician evaluations.
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Your Doctor Does Medical Marijuana Card Evaluations
Maybe you read the last section and thought, “I had no trouble getting my doctor to schedule an evaluation.” Then you are lucky, and please let me know who your doctor is!
If this is you, then be sure to bring the correct Physician Certification Form (provided by the State of Missouri) with you.
- For the standard recommended dose of 4 ounces per month, use the Standard Physician Certification Form. For this dose amount, you need one form.
- Patients requiring more than the standard 4 ounces should use the Alternative Physician Certification Form. And note that you are required to submit TWO of these forms, completed by TWO different physicians. These two forms and two physicians also need to qualify you for the same medical condition on both documents. If they differ in recommended amounts, the patient will be allowed the lesser of the two amounts.
And if you are a parent applying for a minor or a caregiver, here are the additional forms you will need:
- Patients under the age of 18 will need to have the correct certification form filled out and submit it with a Parent/Legal Guardian Consent Form.
- Applying caregivers will need a Patient Authorization Form and the patient’s license number, which the patient will receive once their application is approved. This number will begin with PAT.
How to Register For Your Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri
So you got through the first hoops of getting the certification form. You have 30 days to now register and apply with the State of Missouri.
I recommend downloading our checklist before registering for your green card. The checklist will make sure that you have everything with you for the registration process.
- To register via the State of Missouri government website. Once here, you will click the big blue button that says, “Patient/Caregiver Application Registration.”
- To go directly to the Missouri green card registration.
On the registration portion, you will need a government-issued ID (i.e., driver's license, passport, state ID) and proof of Missouri residency (i.e., utility bill, vehicle registration, IRS letter). The application fee for qualifying patients and caregivers is $25. The fee for patient cultivation is $100.
Fill out the questions and form in its entirety. Double-check your work to make sure everything is accurate and then submit. Now sit back and relax. Once your application has been submitted, the department has 30 days to process your application.
All in all, the evaluation and application should cost $175 in total.
Some Common Medical Card Questions You Should Know
While you are waiting for your card, here are some great questions and answers you should know.
Will my medical card application be made public?
No. The law prohibits the DHSS and Missouri licensed dispensaries from making personal identifying information public.
Will insurance cover the cost of my evaluation?
No. Insurance companies do not cover the certification cost in Missouri because marijuana is still illegal at a federal level.
Where can I buy medical marijuana in Missouri?
Medical marijuana will be available from retail dispensaries licensed by DHSS.
How much can I buy at one time?
Patients can purchase up to 4 ounces of dried medical marijuana or equivalent – with the standard certification form.
How much can I have at one time?
The law requires a patient not to possess more than a 60-day supply of dried marijuana or equivalent unless permitted with written certification from two independent physicians.
Can I use my medical marijuana in another state?
No, you cannot take medical marijuana across state lines. It is a federal crime to transport controlled substances across state line.
Can I use my Missouri medical card in another state?
Missouri does not practice reciprocity.
To legally purchase medical marijuana in a state that sells medical marijuana, you must have a valid, up-to-date medical marijuana card.
Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
How long is my medical card valid?
A patient or caregiver registration will be valid for the date of issuance and expire one year later.
Is it illegal to own a gun and have a medical marijuana card?
According to the state of Missouri’s Article XIV, a person is authorized to have a medical marijuana card, and no reference is made to prohibiting the possession or purchase of firearms.
The Department of Health and Senior Services does not ask your firearm status when applying. Nor do they distribute the database of patients who have a medical marijuana card.
Law enforcement will have limited access to the database to verify that a patient can possess medical marijuana. But no entity can request the entire record of patients to crosscheck and investigate patients for gun ownership.
State and local law enforcement do not have the final say (currently) on gun laws. That is the dominion of the ATF, which answers to federal law.
The ATF has made it clear that marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance on a federal level. No person who uses it (medically or otherwise) may buy or possess a firearm.
Therefore, it is not legal for Missouri (or any state’s) medical marijuana patients to possess or buy firearms.
As the medical marijuana program is developed, more questions and information will be provided. When in doubt, email firstname.lastname@example.org. They will be able to give you the most up-to-date and accurate information available at the time of your inquiry.
It is a pretty exciting time we live in to see that states are accepting the medicinal benefits found in medical marijuana. For Missouri, we look forward to the day a dispensary finally opens. But medical marijuana is legal in Missouri (and 32 other states), but it is still a scheduled 1 controlled substance on the federal level.
Good vibes, but be wise.