Are you interested in getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri? You’ve come to the right place. We hope this article acts as a valuable guide to help you understand the process of applying for your medical marijuana recommendation letter. We keep this information up to date to make sure it is accurate and makes your journey as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.
Table of Contents
- Getting a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card Online via Telehealth with Leafwell
- Who Can Apply for a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?
- What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Missouri?
- How Do I Apply for a Missouri Medical Cannabis Card?
- What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
- How Much Does it Cost to Get a Medical Marijuana Card?
- What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Missouri?
- What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
- Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
- How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card? Can I Get a MMJ Card for My Child in Missouri?
- Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Missouri?
- Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card with Leafwell?
- Does Missouri Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
- Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Kansas City, Springfield, Independence and St. Louis, Missouri
- History of Medical Marijuana in Missouri
- Useful Links
Getting a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card Online via Telehealth with Leafwell
It is expected that Missouri makes the purchase of medical marijauna from dispensaries legal very shortly (expected date is June 2020 although this may be delayed due to Covid-19). However, prior to the law being changed, it is possible to apply for your Missouri Medical Marijuana Card so that as soon as purchasing becomes legal, you have everything you need. In the meantime, home cultivation is legal with a cultivator license so you can immediately begin to grow your own cannabis as soon as your ID card arrives.
With Leafwell, getting your Missouri Medical Marijuana Card online is quick, easy and HIPAA compliant. This online application process came into effect in 2019 when medical marijauna was legalised in Missouri. Our telemedicine platform allows for a seamless and hassle-fee application process, from the comfort of your own home. This is important for everyone’s health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic and makes it safe and secure to apply from anywhere within Missouri in just a few minutes.
With Leafwell, it is quick and simple and secure to get a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card online. We’ve put together this valuable guide which will answer all your questions and help individuals living in Missouri State understand the importance of applying for their Missouri MMJ Card via the easy, HIPAA Compliant process offered by Leafwell’s telemedicine platform. You can visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card for more general information.
Who Can Apply for a Missouri Medical Marijuana Card?
Patients must be aged 18 years old or over in order to qualify for a medical marijuana card and obtain a physician’s certificate for themselves in Missouri.
Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Those under 18 must have a designated primary caregiver for medical cannabis and cannabinoid-based medications (although this may not necessarily be the case for the FDA-approved Epidiolex!).
Previous convictions for possession do not disqualify an individual from applying for and successfully obtaining an MMJ ID Card. However, the card may be revoked for certain criminal conduct which occurs after the card has been issued.
What Does an MMJ Card Permit in Missouri?
Here are the current possession limits which a medical marijauna card permits in Missouri:
Up to 4 oz. every 30 days
The Department of Health may set limits on the amount of marijuana possessed, provided that the limit is not less than 60 days’ supply.
For amounts greater than the possession limit, two physicians must sign the patient’s recommendation/certification. Cannabis is not available for recreational use in Missouri.
How Do I Apply for a Missouri Medical Cannabis Card?
With Leafwell, you can get your Missouri Medical Marijuana Card in 5 simple steps:
It’s quick and easy! Plus all of your data and medical records are secure on our state-of-the-art telemedicine platform.
2. Book an appointment with a certified physician, licensed in Missouri state with Leafwell.
Leafwell has an experienced team ready to meet with you. This initial consultation fee is $125 for an examination.
3. Attend your online appointment and get a medical cannabis certificate online from a state-licensed physician.
The process is quick, easy and HIPAA-compliant. Most appointments take 15 minutes or less. Once approved, the certification is filled out and a digital copy is emailed to the patient – this is your Physician Certification Form or PCF.
4. Submit the application via the Missouri DHSS website online.
This must be done within 30 days of receiving your Certification. The department will either approve or deny the application within 30 days of receipt of the completed application.
5. Your medical marijuana card will be sent to you via mail within 30 days of your submission.
Once you have your card, you can log into the Missouri Medical Marijuana Portal for more information at any time.
We also offer renewal services from $99. If your MMJ Card is due to expire, get in touch with Leafwell at least 30 days before the expiration date and book your appointment to obtain your certificate.
What Does my Online Medical Marijuana Evaluation with Leafwell Include?
Your online medical marijuana evaluation with Leafwell is quick and easy. In order to get started, we’ll need you to provide us with some preliminary details as well as some medical records. These are all passed securely to one of our registered physicians who can familiarise themselves with your application before your consultation.
The consultation itself is simple and secure, taking place on our bespoke telemedicine platform. You will meet with a Missouri registered practitioner who has experience issuing certificates for medical marijuana to patients for a range of medical issues. The registered practitioner will speak with you about why you are applying and ask some questions with regards to your medical conditions and history.
At the end of the consultation, the registered practitioner will be able to make an informed decision about whether he or she recommends the use of medical cannabis based on the medical information they have obtained. If an application is successful, the registered practitioner will complete the certification and then promptly email the electronic version of the card in PDF. A hard copy will be sent in the post a few days later.
If an application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email detailing why our registered practitioner felt unable to provide you with the certificate. You will not be charged for the consultation.
How Much Does it Cost to Get a Medical Marijuana Card?
The consultation for a new patient with Leafwell costs $125. It’s quick, easy and HIPPA compliant.
There is a $25 application fee, payable to the state, when you submit your application for a Missouri medical marijuana card. The cost of the doctor’s appointment with Leafwell and the application fee are separate. This fee is the same for a patient or caregiver application.
Leafwell provides renewal services too for just $99. Renewals need to be submitted 30 days before expiration of the patient’s previous card. The state should send you severa notices periodically in the lead up to your license expiration so you are reminded to complete the necessary processes.
It costs $100 for a Patient Cultivation Card which is required if you want to grow cannabis in Missouri. You can select this as an additional option during the application process.
Please note that because cannabis is federally illegal, insurance companies will not cover any costs incurred from applying for a medical marijuana card.
What Conditions Qualify for Medical Marijuana Cards in Missouri?
There is an ever-expanding list of conditions which qualify a patient for a medical marijuana card in Missouri. As of June 2020, here are the medical conditions which qualify for an MMJ ID Card in Missouri:
- Agitation Of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Crohn’s Disease and other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)
- Debilitating Psychiatric Disorders (If diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist)
- Hepatitis C
- Huntington’s Disease
- Intractable Migraines (Unresponsive To Other Treatment)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (If diagnosed by a state licensed psychiatrist)
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Wasting Syndrome
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms.
- A chronic medical condition that is normally treated with a prescription medication 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 a prescription medication;
- Any Terminal Illness
- In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating or other medical condition
During your consultation with a state-licensed physician on the Leafwell telemedicine platform, you will discuss one or more of these medical conditions to help our physician understand whether medical marijuana could help you.
By taking the correct dose of medical marijauna, many patients who experience symptoms from a wide range of medical conditions find their lives transformed. Medical marijuana can give individuals back their energy and capacity to enjoy life, get out in the fresh air and lead a comfortable, healthy and happy existence in the beautiful Missouri outdoors. We believe in the power of medical marijuana to change lives for the better and give individuals the power to control their own medical conditions. Our licensed physicians believe this too which is why they work with Leafwell and help as many patients as possible to secure a medical marijuana card if they, as experts, believe cannabis may help alleviate symptoms and medical issues.
What Documents Do I Need to Apply for a Medical Cannabis Card?
In order to apply for your MMJ Card in Missouri, you will need to show some identification documents. You should gather together the following:
- Proof of address
- Medical records
Below are all of the acceptable forms these documents may take.
- Driver’s license
- Valid US Passport
- State-produced ID card
Acceptable Proof of Residency
- Bank statement
- Utility bill
- Correspondence with a state department
- Rental or mortgage agreement
- Progress notes
- Health summary
- List of diagnoses
- Medication list
- Pictures of prescription bottles
Do I Need to Present my Medical Records to Leafwell?
Yes. In order to responsibly sign a certificate which permits individuals to apply for an MMJ card, our registered practitioners must have a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. This allows them to provide an accurate assessment to ensure that medical cannabis is a good option for each patient on a case by case basis. We request the following (if applicable):
- Medication list
- Physician’s diagnosis
- Treatment plan
- Progress notes
- Radiology/MRI/X-ray image
- Lab test results
You may also be required to provide these details to the Missouri government when you complete your application.
How Does a Caregiver Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card? Can I Get a MMJ Card for My Child in Missouri?
Caregivers must be aged 21 or over. Caregiver fills out their own application form, and must be listed on the patient’s application form as well. The Caregiver must register with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS).
The Caregiver must also give proof of identity and address in order to get a Caregiver Card. The Caregiver fee is $25. Caregivers cannot use cannabis for themselves unless they have their own medical marijuana card, physician’s certificate and a qualifying condition.
Can a Qualifying Patient Grow Cannabis in Missouri?
You can grow cannabis but you will need to apply for a Patient Cultivation Card in addition to your MMJ Card. This is very important at the moment as the purchase of medical marijuana from a dispensary is currently not yet legal in Missouri. Therefore we recommend you do apply for a cultivator license when you submit your initial application and begin growing your own cannabis until the laws are changed. Dispensaries are planning to open June 2020, but this may change and could happen later in the year.
Patients may grow up to 6 cannabis plants on their own property in a locked, enclosed facility. It costs $100 for a Patient Cultivation Card.
If the patient has a caregiver, only one individual needs to apply for and obtain a cultivator license.
Are my Details Kept Confidential When I Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card with Leafwell?
Yes. Leafwell is committed to protecting the privacy of our patients. Our online service is HIPAA compliant and our systems are designed to keep all of your confidential details safe.
Does Missouri Have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?
Some states accept out-of-state Medical Marijuana Cards. This is called reciprocity. The following states accept out-of-state medical cannabis cards:
- Alaska ^
- Arkansas *
- California ^
- Colorado ^
- Hawaii *
- Oklahoma *
- Oregon ^
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- Washington ^
- Washington D.C.
States marked with * require visitors to complete a visiting patient application for the duration of their stay.
States marked with ^ have adult use programs but do not accept out of state cards.
Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Kansas City, Springfield, Independence and St. Louis, Missouri
There are dispensaries licensed across Missouri in all of the major counties which are ready to provide this vital service to individuals across the state holding a valid MMJ card.
Cities in Missouri cannot ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but they can limit where and what hours they operate so check in your local area before visiting.
Regardless of where you are in Missouri, you can get a medical marijuana card online with Leafwell, MD.
History of Medical Marijuana in Missouri
Here is a brief overview of the history of medical marijuana in Missouri:
2018 – the Medical Marijuana Program in Missouri was approved on November 6th 2018
June 2019 – Medical marijuana card application forms are expected to be published. Patients must be citizens of Missouri, aged 18 or over and suffer from one of 9 qualifying conditions, which include:
- Intractable migraines that are unresponsive to other treatments
- Any condition that causes chronic pain and/or muscle spasms, including but not limited to multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders and Tourette’s syndrome
- Debilitating psychiatric conditions, including but not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Any condition that may require the prescription of highly physically and/or psychologically addictive drugs
- Terminal illness
- If the physician recommends it, they may use their professional judgement to recommend cannabis for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, gastrointestinal disorders (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, IBS), Huntington’s disease, autism, neuropathic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia and wasting syndrome.
Also expected by June were the application forms for those who wish to grow cannabis or make products from it.
July 2019 – Applications for medical marijuana start being processed. The state announces it will have 30 days from the patient’s application to decide whether the patient qualifies for medical cannabis.
August 2019 – The state will start evaluating who qualifies for growing/cultivation, infusion, dispensary and distribution licenses.
2020 – new laws will come into place which permit medical marijauna sales later in the year. We expect to see these laws come into play in June 2020.
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