Missouri Medical Marijuana Card Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?

A Missouri medical marijuana card is a personal identification card that shows the patient is qualified to purchase, consume, store and transport medical marijuana in Missouri. In addition, a Missouri medical marijuana card verifies that the patient’s name has been added to the Missouri Medical Marijuana Registry after evaluation by a licensed Missouri physician(MD or DO) and after their application has been approved by the State of Missouri.  With a Missouri medical marijuana card you can:

  1. Buy medical marijuana from dispensaries in the state of Missouri
  2. Possess medical marijuana in the state of Missouri
  3. Consume medical marijuana in the state of Missouri
  4. Grow your own medical marijuana in the state of Missouri

How do I get a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?

To obtain your Missouri medical marijuana card, you need to have a licensed Missouri medical doctor(MD or DO) confirm you suffer from one or more of the state-specific qualifying conditions and evaluate if you are a good candidate for medical marijuana as part of your treatment plan.  

Per Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, the qualifying medical conditions that may be treated with medical cannabis in Missouri are:

  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment 
  • A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome
  • Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress order, if diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist
  • Human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medications that could lead to physical or psychological dependence, when a physician determines that medical use of marijuana could be effective in treating that condition and would serve as a safer alternative to the prescription medication
  • A terminal illness
  • In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition, including, but not limited to, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathies, sickle cell anemia, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, and wasting syndrome.

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Will a patient registration status be made publicly available?

No. The law prohibits the Missouri DHSS (Department of Health & Senior Services), as well as Missouri licensed dispensaries, from making personal identifying information public. Physicians and those employed by dispensaries will be able to verify a patient or caregiver registration.  

Will Missouri accept medical marijuana cards from other states?

No. At this time, in order to purchase medical marijuana in Missouri, you must be a Missouri resident and patient in the Missouri medical marijuana program.  However, per Section 5 (1) of Article XIV a person who produces an “equivalent identification card or authorization issued by another state or political subdivision of another state” will not be subject to arrest or other sanctions under Missouri law for possession of marijuana in quantities less than the limits for qualified Missouri patients.

Will minors be allowed to become legal medical marijuana patients in Missouri?

Yes. However, a minor must have a consenting parent or guardian(unless emancipated), must have a state-qualifying condition and must have an evaluation by a state-licensed physician to determine if medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment. 

Can a qualifying patient under the age of 18 obtain a cultivation license?

No, unless the qualifying patient under the age of 18 is emancipated. Only a parent or guardian who holds a primary caregiver identification card may obtain a cultivation license for a non-emancipated qualifying patient under the age of 18.

Will I be able to grow my own cannabis (marijuana)?

Patients will be allowed to grow up to 6 flowering plants. The growing area must be an enclosed, locked facility that is equipped with security devices that permit access only to the patient/caregiver.  There is an additional state fee to grow your own medial marijuana. The State fee for the medical marijuana cultivation license is $100. You must review and abide the security regulations outlined in 19 CSR 30-95.030(4) on the DHSS website.

If I have a past conviction for possession can I still obtain a medical marijuana card and patient cultivation license?

Yes. Even if you have a prior conviction for possession, you are allowed to obtain a medical marijuana card.  However, just like anyone else you must be deemed a good candidate by the physician(through the physician certification form) and you must meet the application requirements set forth by the state.   

Your card may be revoked from certain criminal conduct that occurs after you obtain a medical marijuana card. This is true for anyone(prior charges or not). 

How much medical marijuana can I buy from a dispensary in 30 days?

Patients can purchase up to 4 ounces of dried medical marijuana or the equivalent. The law requires one not possess more than a 60-day supply of dried marijuana or equivalent unless permitted with written certification from two independent physicians. 

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Will I be able to go to the pharmacy with my Missouri medical marijuana card to fill my medical marijuana prescription?

No, you will only be able to obtain medical marijuana at a Missouri-licensed dispensary facility.

Where will I be able to obtain medical marijuana in Missouri?

Medical marijuana will be available from retail dispensaries licensed by Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services(DHSS). Once the Missouri DHSS has completed its dispensary licensing process, learning of dispensary locations will be made available through this site. We will update our Missouri dispensary map as dispensaries begin to open.  

Where can I send my medical records so that they can be viewed by the physician at the time of my medical marijuana evaluation appointment?

There are 3 different ways to send your medical records:

  1. Request that your doctor’s office fax it to us at 314-405-2044
  2. Bring your medical records with you to the appointment
  3. Upload the documents to our electronic health record from your home.  Call 314-229-6445 for more information on how to do this. 

When will I receive my Missouri medical marijuana card?

Within 30 days of application, if your application is approved.  It will be emailed to you.

What will take place at my first visit with Canna Therapy MD?

A board-certified, state-licensed physician will examine you, review your medical records, assess your medical history(including current and prior treatments), maintain your patient records and determine if you are a good candidate for medical marijuana.   If approved, we provide follow-up care as needed and at minimum will see you once a year for re-certification.

What will I need for my appointment with Canna Therapy MD?

You will need a Missouri photo ID and medical records relating to the health condition for which you are seeking to secure a Missouri medical marijuana card.

How much does it cost to register as a medical marijuana patient or caregiver in Missouri?

The actual registration fee with the Missouri DHSS (which is separate from us) will be $25. 

What is a primary caregiver?

Someone who is:

  • Twenty-one (21) years of age or older;
  • Responsible for managing the well-being of a qualified patient
  • Designated on the primary caregiver application for an identification card or in other written notification to DHSS.

A medical marijuana caregiver cannot have more than 3 patients.  The patient can deisgnate up to 2 caregivers and both the patient and caregivers must be licensed.  

What are the patient/caregiver fees?

There is a $25 fee for patients and a $25 fee for caregivers. 

What happens if I am stopped by law enforcement?

Licensed caregivers and patients who hold a state-issued medical marijuana ID card may legally possess medical marijuana so long as they comply with 19 CSR 30-95.030. You should carry your medical marijuana ID card with you so you are able to present the card to law enforcement, if requested.   https://health.mo.gov/about/proposedrules/pdf/19CSR-30-95.030.pdf

What credentials do the physicians of Canna Therapy MD have?

All physicians(MD or DO) working with Canna Therapy MD are licensed and authorized to practice medicine in Missouri and are in full compliance with Missouri’s medical cannabis laws. They all possess an extensive working knowledge of medical cannabis benefits.  Please visit this page(link?) to learn more about our physicians.  

How much will the Missouri medical marijuana certification cost?

The cost for the physician evaluation for Missouri Medical Marijuana Certification is $199 ($149 for veterans with provided proof). This price includes completion of the physician certification form if you are found to be a good candidate, medical marijuana education related to your specific condition, the doctor’s visit, an eBook and additional resources, along with any other help throughout the process.

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How much medical cannabis is a patient allowed?

To Purchase: DHSS is to set a limit of less than 4 ounces of dried marijuana or the equivalent in a 30-day period (more permitted with written certification from two independent physicians)

To Possess: Patients are allowed to grow up to six flowering plants in their homes; possess less than a 60-day supply of dried marijuana or equivalent (more permitted with written certification from two independent physicians).

How long will a Missouri patient’s certification and Missouri medical marijuana card be valid for?

A patient or caregiver registration will be valid from the date of issuance and expire one year later. We will update this as the program develops more.  You can contact us about renewal process at our clinic.

How do I set up an appointment with a registered Medical Marijuana Physician in Missouri?

Call us at 314-229-6445 or email  info@canna-therapymd.com and we will be happy to set up your appointment at our clinic location in Clayton, Missouri.  In the near future, we will also offer telemedicine appointments.  This allows you to meet with the doctor from the comfort of your home.  Please check frequently for updates on this new program.  

Can veterans obtain medical cannabis in Missouri?

Yes. Veterans also receive a discount with Canna Therapy MD and pay a reduced initial visit fee of $149. Please bring proof of veteran status to your appointment.  Thank you for your service.

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Can I consume medical marijuana and drive?

The patient identification card does not offer individuals protections from violating laws pertaining to operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence. Nothing in Article XIV permits a person to operate, navigate, or be in actual physical control of any dangerous device or motor vehicle, aircraft or motorboat while under the influence of marijuana.

If I have a patient cultivation card, where do I find seeds or plants to grow marijuana?

We cannot advise anyone on where to obtain the means to grow marijuana.

How much medical marijuana can I buy?

The qualifying patient’s physician may certify up to four ounces of dried, unprocessed marijuana, or its equivalent, in a 30-day period. If there is a compelling reason why the qualifying patient needs a greater amount, then the DHSS requires two independent physician certifications specifying what other amount the qualifying patient needs. See 19 CSR 30-95.030(5)(E) for more information.

Do you have a list of medical marijuana dispensaries?

No. At this time, check back with us for local listings as they are released. 

Do I have to pay taxes on medical marijuana purchases?

Yes. Dispensaries are required to charge 4% of the retail price in addition to any other applicable state or local taxes.

Where can I publicly consume medical marijuana?

No qualifying patient shall consume marijuana for medical use in a public place, unless provided by law. A public place is defined as any public or private property, or portion of public or private property, that is open to the general public, including but not limited to, sidewalks, streets, bridges, parks, schools and businesses.  

Can I legally possess medical marijuana now?

Only those patients and caregivers with a valid Missouri medical marijuana card may legally possess marijuana in accordance.  Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution provides that, once DHSS begins accepting patient applications, those applications will be acted upon by the DHSS within 30 days after receipt.

Can someone with an out-of-state medical marijuana card or physician certification possess medical marijuana in Missouri?

Section 5(1) of Article XIV provides that a person who produces an “equivalent identification card or authorization issued by another state or political subdivision of another state” will not be subject to arrest or other sanctions under Missouri law for possession of marijuana in quantities less than the limits for qualified Missouri patients.

Can I have a medical marijuana identification card and own and/or purchase guns?

Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution, which authorizes medical use of marijuana in Missouri, does not reference or prohibit the possession or purchase of firearms. However, federal law still may prohibit the possession or purchase of a firearm by individuals who use marijuana, regardless of whether a state has legalized marijuana for medical use. The Department of Health and Senior Services does not regulate the possession or purchase of firearms and therefore cannot say how the federal prohibition will be enforced within Missouri. Specific questions about these federal firearm restrictions should be directed to your attorney or the appropriate law enforcement agency.

I want a cultivator license and have a caregiver.  Are we both required to apply for cultivator licenses?

No. In the qualifying patient/caregiver relationship, only the patient or the caregiver may obtain a cultivator license, but not both.

What if my physician (MD or DO) won’t complete the physician certification form?

While Article XIV allows Missouri-licensed physicians to discuss and recommend medical marijuana for their patients, the Constitution does not mandate physicians do so as part of their practice. If your physician won’t complete the physician certification form, then ask if they would be willing to refer you to a physician who will.  At Canna Therapy MD we see many patients who have come to us as referrals from their doctor.  However, it is not required that you have a referral to see us.  

What information is required in the Cultivation Security Arrangement and Processes section of the patient/caregiver application?

Qualifying patient cultivation facilities must take place in an enclosed locked facility per 10 CSR 30-95.010. The description should include how you will comply with the requirements in this rule regarding location, security, and who will have access to the facility.

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Legal Waiver: This article contains general recommendations only and is for informational purposes only. It does not serve as a guideline for any specific patient, is not a prescription and should not be used to determine your treatment plan unless under the guidance of a cannabis-trained physician. Cannabis has not been evaluated or approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for safety or efficacy in treatment of ANY medical condition. Please visit a physician who has training in cannabis to determine if this is a good treatment option for you and to discuss any potential side effects. If you experience any negative side effects while taking medical cannabis, you should stop use immediately and seek care by a physician as soon as possible.