Looking for the simplest and fastest way to get an Iowa Medical Marijuana card?
Tell us just a bit about yourself and we’ll take care of the rest. Once you’ve registered with us, our medical staff will reach out to you for a video appointment. Quick, easy, and hassle-free. The road to your Iowa medical marijuana card starts here.
Our marijuana doctors in Iowa can give you an extensive report as to why you might benefit from medical marijuana as a treatment method. Because our number one priority here at QuickMedCards is putting patients before profit, we want to assure you that we are here to help you.
Speak with our licensed doctor
Sign up to book your online consultation today. Our physicians are all registered with the Iowa Office of Medical Cannabidiol and licensed to prescribe medical marijuana.
Once you get approved by our doctor, your Signed verification is available for instant PDF download.
Receive your Medical Marijuana Card
With your doctor’s marijuana recommendation, you’ll be ready to submit your application to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Benefits of QuickMedCards
What You Receive
1 Year MMJ Recommendation
24/7 Dispensary Verification
Instant PDF Download
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Our prices include the State Paperwork Fee that other providers usually charge for separately. Other fees that a patient must pay directly to the government must be paid by the patient.
Office of Medical Cannabidiol (OMC)
How to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card in Iowa
1. Sign up at QuickMedCards
In just a few easy steps you can schedule an online appointment with one of our licensed Iowa medical card doctors today. If the doctor approves you, then you will earn a conclusive diagnosis that will qualify you for a medical card in Iowa. Once you’ve discussed your condition, you’ll have all the information you need on the next steps of your medical treatment, along with key pointers on how to begin your application.
The physician’s recommendation will be valid for 90 days after your consultation.
2. Register with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)
Now that you have obtained your diagnosis and doctor’s recommendation, the next step is to register with the IDPH’s Office of Medical Cannabidiol in order to begin the application process itself.
- You can submit your online application through the IDPH patient portal.
If you would like to submit a paper application instead, you must send it to the following address:
Iowa Department of Public Health,
ATTN: OMC, 321 E. 12th Street, Des Moines,
- Make sure to also submit a completed Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form, signed by your recommending physician.
- You need to pay a $100 application fee to the OMC.
* You may be eligible for the $25 reduced fee, if you can provide scanned proof of any of the following:
- Social Security Disability Benefit (SSDI notice)
- Supplemental Security Income Payment (SSI receipt)
- Iowa Medicaid member card
- Hawk-I member card
3. Receive your Iowa Medical Marijuana Card
Once your application is sent, either online or through the mail, you need to wait for OMC to process it. Applications are usually processed within 45 calendar days of receipt. If you’re approved as an eligible medical marijuana patient, the OMC will email you a temporary marijuana card.
* The temporary card may be used to buy medical marijuana products until the physical card is mailed to your address.
Finally, once your application is approved, your Iowa med card will be mailed to your address of residency. It will arrive at your home address within 30 days and will be valid for one year from the date is was issued.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana in Iowa
Our Iowa medical cannabis doctors can help you figure out if MMJ treatment is the best solution for your health and well-being while giving you all of the information and reassurance you need.
You should consider talking to a healthcare practitioner about medical marijuana treatment if you are currently suffering from any of the following conditions:
- AIDS/ HIV
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Cancer (if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia, or severe wasting)
- Chronic pain
- Corticobasal Degeneration
- Crohn’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (with severe and persistent muscle spasms)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Severe, intractable autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors
- Severe, intractable pediatric autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors
- Terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year.
Program Requirements & Patient Eligibility
Take note of the following Iowa medical card requirements for applying patients:
- You must be eighteen (18) years or older to apply.
* If you are younger than eighteen (18) at the time of application you must have a registered and approved caregiver applying on your behalf.
* * You are required to have a recommendation from a licensed marijuana physician in Iowa before you start your application to receive a medical marijuana card.
You must provide proof of residency in the state of Iowa. Such as:
- Iowa ID Card
- Iowa Driver’s License
Out of state applicants are not eligible to receive a medical card in Iowa.
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Using your Iowa Medical Marijuana Card
Once obtained, you may use your Medical Marijuana ID Card to purchase medicine from one of the dispensaries authorized by the state:
- MedPharm Iowa Sioux City – 5700 Sunnybrook Drive, Sioux City, IA 51106
- Monday: 11AM – 6PM
- Tuesday – Friday: 10AM – PM
- Saturday: 9AM – 3PM
- Sunday: Closed
- MedPharm Iowa Windsor Heights – 7239 Apple Valley Drive, Windsor Heights, IA 50324
- Monday: 11AM – 6PM
- Tuesday – Friday: 10AM – PM
- Saturday: 9AM – 3PM
- Sunday: Closed
When purchasing medical marijuana at a state-regulated dispensary make sure to:
- Bring your Medical Marijuana ID Card and one more form of photo ID when purchasing medicine from a dispensary.
* Minor Patients must be supervised by their designated caregiver or guardian when purchasing their medicine at a dispensary. Caregivers and Guardians must provide proof of ID when accompanying the Minor Patient.
* * Please note, patients can’t fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy like other medications, in the same way, patients can’t get refills for their other medicines from a dispensary.
Caregiver Application for Iowa Medical Marijuana
Caregivers are citizens who can purchase medical marijuana on a patient’s behalf through legal authorization. Primarily, patients who are under 18 require a designated caregiver by law. Elderly or indisposed patients may also require the assistance of a caregiver, depending on their specific health conditions. For their patients, caregivers are able to get medical cannabis from dispensaries in Iowa legally. Their Caregiver ID allows them to possess, purchase, dispense, and, where required, directly administer medical marijuana to a patient in need.
Here are a few key things to note regarding caregivers, and what steps you need to take in order to become an Iowa caregiver yourself:
- Caregivers must be at least 21 years of age or be the parent or legal guardian of a minor child.
- You can’t become a caregiver if you’ve been convicted of an excluded felony offense.
- Caregiver must legally agree to aid with a patient’s medical use of marijuana and assist no more than five qualifying patients.
- Only Iowa residents with proof of residency (IA Driver’s License or IA State ID) can become caregivers.
- You can find the Caregiver application portal here. Alternatively, the physical application form can be found here.
Caregiver Application Supporting Documents:
- A completed Primary Caregiver Application (sent online or in the mail).
- Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form, where the recommending physician designates you as the primary caregiver.
- A copy of US residency photo ID:
- A valid driver’s license from Iowa or any bordering state: Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota
- A valid non-operator’s in-state Identification Card
- You must pay the obligatory registration fee of $25.
- Can be provided either as cash, money order, or check written out to the IDPH.
How to renew your Medical Marijuana card
Please note – Your medical marijuana recommendation is only valid for 1 year. After that time, you will need to be re-evaluated by one of our licensed cannabis doctors. However, you don’t have to worry your license expiring. When it’s time to renew your license, you’ll receive an email reminder from us before your patient certification and expires.
Important – If you are a caregiver, your Registry ID is only valid for the same period as your patient’s medical marijuana card. When your patient’s card expires, they will need to get a new certification from their doctor. After your patient has successfully renewed their med card, you will need to renew your registry card as well. You need to make sure that you have a valid Registry ID card when buying from a dispensary.
How to Renew:
1. Log in to your IDPH patient account as a returning user
Please note – Make sure all the information matches your driver’s license or state-issued ID. If you have a change of address card, use that address.
2. Receive Verification Email
After you renew your registration online, you’ll get a verification email explaining the next steps.
3. Visit a Medical Marijuana Doctor
If you are a returning QuickMedCards patient, you can book a follow-up appointment to renew your certification.
If this is your first time using QuickMedCards, you need to complete our Patient Questionnaire form first.
4. Receive Your Medical Marijuana ID by email
Once you’re certified by our doctor, your new card will be available for download from the state portal. It’s important to note that your new card will not be sent in the mail. The new card will have an issue date for the day after your original card expires.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Iowa medical cannabidiol act of 2017?
The 2017 Medical Cannabidiol Act signed by Governor Branstad set in motion medical marijuana developments to make medical cannabis available to patients diagnosed with debilitating medical conditions in Iowa.
As a result, the Iowa Department of Public Health was tasked to print and issue medical marijuana registration cards to qualifying patients and caregivers. In addition, the Medical Cannabidiol Board was established to assess and review petitions to add medical conditions, treatments, or illnesses to the current list of debilitating medical conditions.
Notably, possession and use of medical marijuana became legal for patients registered with the IDPH, and primary caregiver duties were established. Now, designated caregivers could lawfully buy and possess medicinal cannabis on behalf of their patients.
More than just outlining the structure and mechanism of the IA Medical Cannabidiol Program, the act goes into detail with the rules and regulations governing the program. For instance, medical cannabidiol products are restricted to contain a maximum of 3% THC. Moreover, conduct among healthcare providers, dispensaries, and manufacturers is clearly defined in the act.
In conclusion, the Medical Cannabidiol Act is the foundation or rather the blueprint of the Medical Cannabidiol Program in the state.
To get extensive information on the document you can read the original Medical Cannabidiol Act §124E.2
Is Medical Cannabis Legal in Iowa?
Yes, qualifying patients are allowed to purchase cannabis oil-based products for medical use in Iowa. However, this should be occurring only through the purchase of said products from specialized dispensaries. Patients are NOT allowed to grow or cultivate marijuana at home.
Where can I find medical marijuana doctors in Iowa?
Finding a ‘cannabis-friendly’ doctor in the state can seem like a difficult task for patients in Iowa. But, by signing up with QuickMedCards your search for a cannabis doctor is over. You gain immediate access to a licensed cannabis doctors in Iowa. We can guarantee you access to qualified and experienced doctors willing to recommend cannabis for your treatment.
Why do I need an Iowa medical marijuana card?
Only patients with a valid medical cannabidiol registration card can use and possess medical cannabis in Iowa.
With an Iowa medical cannabis card you can:
- Buy marijuana from any Iowa dispensary.
- Possess marijuana legally in the state.
- Use medical marijuana products legally.
What is the cost of the Iowa medical cannabidiol registration card?
QuickMedCards patients pay only $149 in consultation fees to get certified by our doctor. By far, the lowest price in Iowa.
It’s worth noting that patients must also pay $100 for the Iowa medical cannabis card when they register with the IDPH. However, you’re eligible for a reduced fee of $25 if you can provide one of the following:
- A copy of their Social Security Disability notice
- Proof of receipt of Supplementary Security Income payment
- Copy of their Iowa Medicaid member card
- A scanned copy of their Hawk-I member card
For how long is the Iowa medical marijuana card valid?
The Iowa medical cannabidiol registration card is valid for 1 year after the date of issue. We will reach out to you when it’s time to renew your registration 60 days before the date of expiry to help you avoid discontinuation from the program.
Where can I find marijuana dispensaries in Iowa? Or where are cannabidiol dispensaries located in Iowa?
Currently, there are only three cannabis dispensaries licensed to operate in Iowa. These are:
- MedPharm Iowa in Sioux City
- Iowa Cannabis Company in Waterloo
- Medpharm Iowa in Windsor Heights
What kind of products can I buy from Iowa marijuana dispensaries?
Due to the restrictive nature of Iowa’s medical cannabidiol program, cannabis is only available in a few forms:
- Oral forms: pills, capsules, liquids, tinctures, and sublingual forms
- Topical forms: ointments, gels, transdermal patches, creams, and lotions.
- Nebulizers or inhalers.
- Suppositories: vaginal and rectal
What happens during my evaluation for the medical marijuana card?
You will video call with your cannabis doctor on Doxy.me. Doxy is free, simple, and secure. Therefore, the best way to video call with a healthcare provider.
When it’s time for your appointment, we send you a secure video call link a few minutes beforehand.
During your video call, you and your doctor will discuss why marijuana will be beneficial in treating your condition. Also, if you have any questions about medical cannabis or the program feel free to ask the doctor. The consultation should take about 15 minutes.
If the doctor approves, you will receive your signed physician certificate form at the end of your appointment.
Please note that your computer or mobile device must have a camera and a stable internet connection during the video call.
To avoid any issues during your appointment, ensure that your device is ready by doing a test call with the link: https://doxy.me/precall-test.
How much cannabis can I have or possess?
There is no exact limit on how much medical cannabis patients in Iowa can have or buy. Instead a recommended dose will be determined by the physician for your specific condition. In addition, the patient’s medicine can only have up to 3% of THC.
Is medical marijuana legal in Iowa?
Yes. Governor Brandstad signed the Medical Cannabidiol Act into law in 2017. Consequently, medical marijuana became legal in the state for both adult and minor patients.
Is hemp-derived CBD oil legal in Iowa?
Yes. Governor Terry E. Branstad signed House File 524 into law in 2017, making hemp-derived CBD oil containing less than 0.3% of THC legal in the state of Iowa. Similarily, hemp-extracted CBD products are legal federally.
Luckily, patients that get certified by quickmedcards receivea gift of $30 worth of pure CBD from InstacraftCBD.com
Does PTSD qualify for medical cannabis treatment in Iowa?
Yes. Post-traumatic stress disorder has been listed as one of the qualifying conditions that many people get medical marijuana treatment in the state.
Where can I smoke my medical marijuana?
Unfortunately, smokable marijuana isn’t available in Iowa dispensaries. The reason for this is that it is illegal, even for qualified patients, to have or use marijuana in plant form.
Can qualified patients grow cannabis at home?
No. Iowa patients cannot plant marijuana for personal use.
Does chronic pain qualify me for medical marijuana in Iowa?
Yes. Chronic pain is among the approved medical conditions for cannabidiol in Iowa.
Can a child under 18 be a medical cannabidiol patient in Iowa?
Yes. Minors suffering from one of the listed medical conditions may qualify for medicinal cannabidiol in Iowa. But, they must have a complete and signed healthcare practitioner form. And, consent from their parents or legal guardian. There’s no payment for minor applications.
Iowa Medical Marijuana Patient Community
Iowa is the perfect place to get some much deserved R&R following your medical treatment. With its idyllic countryside, laced in expansive cornfields, the peaceful stillness of the Midwest finds no better home than in Iowa. While you’re there, be sure to check out some of our patients’ favorite spots:
The Bridges of Madison County
Found in Winterset, situated 30 miles southeast of the state’s capital of Des Moines, The Bridges of Madison Country are a testament to living history. Even before the famous Hollywood blockbuster carrying their name, these stunning covered bridges are a landmark to an idealized, 19th-century rural lifestyle. In modern times, six of the 19 bridges are still standing, offering an unforgettable scenic experience spanning over 82 miles of rural wildlife. Seeking an adventure unlike any other? The bridges are your own personal gateway to the America of yore.
American Gothic House
On the topic of exploring the past, how about a more recent landmark of 20th-century art? Found in Eldon, Grant Wood’s American Gothic House is a physical companion of the author’s exploration of his Midwestern roots in expressive art. Immediately recognizable to any art enthusiast in the world, the real-life backdrop to Wood’s famous painting is accepting visitors all year-round. If you want to learn more about the history of the house itself, and what made Wood so eager to put it in painted form, the adjacent House Center can offer you answers to all of your potential curiosities.
Grotto of the Redemption
A truly remarkable ‘gem’ hidden deep within Iowa’s northern countryside, this breath-taking cave system houses nine individual grottos built from precious stones. The work of an impassioned local pastor aided by a bit of communal help, the grotto itself is a living testament to what a single man’s visionary quest can achieve. If you’re seeking a place of inspiration, communion, or just serenity in its purest form, the Grotto of Redemption is the place to be.
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