Missourians can apply for their medical marijuana cards as early as June 28.
What We Know:
- A medical marijuana certification letter from a licensed physician in good standing with the state is required. Once a patient has received the letter, they can apply to the state’s medical marijuana program by visiting the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services website.
- The state can either accept, reject or further question an applicant. After approval, the patient will receive their state-issued medical marijuana card. The card will grant them access to buy, grow, possess and use medical cannabis in Missouri.
- There must be documented evidence of one of 21 qualifying conditions: Alzheimer’s disease (or agitation related to), any terminal illness, autism, cancer, Crohn’s disease, chronic pain or neuropathy, epilepsy, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS or cachexia or wasting syndrome, Huntington’s disease, IBS, intractable migraines, Lou Gehrig’s disease, multiple sclerosis, opioid substitution, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD or other “debilitating psychiatric disorders,” Tourette syndrome, sickle cell anemia, and seizures.
- If you do not have one of the 21 conditions, the State of Missouri added that patients can bring their medical records to a medical marijuana doctor who can determine if cannabis will help their ailments during the evaluation.
- In November 2018, Missourians passed Amendment 2 which legalized growing, selling and consuming marijuana for medicinal use at the state level. It would tax marijuana sales at 4 percent, with the proceeds used to fund veterans health care programs.
Patients will be able to grow up to six cannabis plants while a caretaker could cultivate up to 18.