Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in Missouri

On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters approved of medical marijuana, with Amendment 2 passing, allowing for the distribution and regulation of medical cannabis. This follows the decriminalization of cannabis in 2014, when cannabidiol (CBD) was also legalized. However, it will likely be several months before medical marijuana cards in Missouri can be applied for. The actual granting of a medical marijuana card will likely take longer still. Many claim that being able to get a mmj card and walk into a dispensary won’t be possible until 2019 or 2020.

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So far, the suggested timeline for being able to get a medical marijuana card in Missouri is:


June 2019 – Medical marijuana card application form should be created. Patients must be citizens of Missouri, aged 18 or over and suffer from one of 9 qualifying conditions, which include:



Also expected by June are the application forms for those who wish to grow cannabis or make products from it.


July 2019 – Applications for medical marijuana must start being process. The state will have 30 days from the patient’s application to decide whether the patient qualifies for medical cannabis.


August 2019 – The state must start evaluating who qualifies for growing/cultivation, infusion, dispensary and distribution licenses.


Cities cannot ban medical marijuana dispensaries, but they can limit where and what hours they operate.

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