In the state of Missouri, a patient who has been diagnosed with any of the qualifying medical conditions is legally protected under the Missouri Medical Marijuana law, as per the Ballot Amendment 2 (PFD). A patient suffering from one of the following life-threatening, debilitating or otherwise severe conditions listed below and who have not responded to traditional medical treatments, might qualify for Medical Marijuana treatment in Missouri:
- Crohn’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Hepatitis C
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Pain (Chronic or severe)
- Sickle cell anemia
- Terminal illness
- Wasting syndrome
- Chronic medical condition normally treated with a prescription medication that could lead to physical or psychological dependence
- Chronic medical condition that causes severe and debilitating psychiatric disorders.
Information about the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program
- To enroll in the program the patient must be eighteen (18) years or older. A patient younger than eighteen (18) years of age must have a legal guardian or custodial parent registered as their designated Approved Caregiver.
- The patient must be a resident in the state of Missouri and provide proof of residency either in the form of a state issued ID card or a State Driver’s License.
* If the patient does not have a valid state issued ID card or Driver’s license, a U.S passport along with a document that serves as a proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill might be accepted.
- The patient must obtain an evaluation from a certified practitioner within the state, and be diagnosed with one or more of the qualifying medical conditions listed above. The patient will need to obtain a written certification from a certified doctor who is a licensed to practice and recommend medical marijuana treatment in the state of Missouri.
- After the patient has received the recommendation from their physician, they must register as a patient at the Missouri Department of Health. You can submit your application with the Patient Registry.
* You must pay the application fee of $25.
- Once the application process is complete, and if the patient has been approved, the Medical Marijuana ID card (Registry ID) will be sent through the mail to the address listed in the application.
For more information about the application process, please visit Missouri Department of Health Medical Marijuana.
Accessing Medical Marijuana in Missouri
Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug by the federal government, which means that doctors cannot prescribe this drug to their patients because marijuana prescriptions are illegal. Therefore, patients cannot fill a prescription for medical marijuana at a local pharmacy in the traditional way, but must instead obtain a recommendation from a certified medical marijuana doctor that will supply the patient with medical marijuana from a dispensary, in compliance with the law of the state. A dispensary is considered by law to be a different kind of establishment to an ordinary pharmacy, this means that regular prescriptions cannot be filled at a dispensary.
Once you have obtained your Medical Marijuana ID Card, you may purchase your medical marijuana from a certified dispensary.
* You must 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.
For more information, please visit Missouri Medical Marijuana Authority.