Updated on December 14, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
If you’re a new patient in Missouri, it is essential to know whether your illness qualifies for medical cannabis treatment to avoid getting frustrated during the application process. Patients who have been diagnosed with qualifying conditions for a medical card in Missouri already fulfill one of the most crucial requirements for medicinal cannabis in the state. However, there are a few other criteria to meet in addition.
This page will highlight all the necessary Missouri medical card requirements. If you meet all the eligibility criteria, you can go ahead and start your Missouri medical card application by booking an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor in MO near you.
Do I qualify for a medical card in Missouri?
If you are curious about getting medical marijuana in Missouri, you must have asked yourself the question, “Do I qualify for a medical card?”.
The simple answer is that you can get a medical card if you meet the following Missouri medical card requirements:
- Adult patients must be at least 18 years old.
- Patients under 18 years old must have a designated and registered caregiver applying on their behalf.
- All applicants must be Missouri residents.
- Patients must be diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Missouri.
- Patients must have a complete physician certification form before starting the application process.
What are the qualifying conditions for a medical card in Missouri?
Like many other states with legalized medical cannabis, you must have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions before you can get a medical card in Missouri. The Missouri Constitution (Article XIV) lists several medical conditions that allow patients to use medical marijuana for treatment. Remember, only licensed cannabis doctors in Missouri can recommend marijuana to patients suffering from one or more qualifying medical conditions.
Qualifying conditions currently approved in the state of Missouri include:
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
Intractable migraines unresponsive to other treatment
Sickle cell anemia
- A chronic medical condition that causes severe, persistent pain or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome
- A chronic medical condition that’s usually treated with prescription medications that could lead to physical or psychological dependence. And, when a physician determines that medical marijuana could be an effective and safer alternative treatment for the condition.
- Debilitating psychiatric disorders, including, but not limited to, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); if diagnosed by a state-licensed psychiatrist.
- In the professional judgment of a physician, any other chronic, debilitating medical condition. For example, hepatitis C.
I meet all the Missouri medical card requirements – what’s next?
Once you’ve made sure you meet all the Missouri medical card requirements, here’s how to begin the application process for your medical card:
- Get certified by a qualified marijuana doctor in Missouri. If approved, you’ll receive a Physician Certification Form.
- Next, you must register with the state on the Complia application portal.
- Once registered, you can complete your application by logging into the Complia portal, clicking “Create Application” and “New Patient Registration”.
- Submit your application and wait while it’s being processed. Please note: Applications are usually processed within 30 days in the order they are received.
Click here to get certified for your Missouri medical marijuana card online.
Which documents am I required to submit for a Missouri medical card?
The Missouri medical card requirements include a list of documents you must upload during your application. During your application with the Missouri DOH you will be asked to submit the following:
- Proof of Missouri residency. Either:
- Missouri driver’s license,
- MO state ID,
- recent utility bill,
- Missouri motor vehicle registration.
- A physician certification form (This is your recommendation for medical marijuana). After your appointment, the certifying physician will submit the form electronically on your behalf.
- A legible copy of the qualifying photo ID issued by a state or federal government entity.
- Parental or legal guardian consent form for patients under 18 years of age.
- A clear, color photo of your face that’s not more than 3 months old.
Contact the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program (MMMP)
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Phone: Call from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm CST Tuesday-Thursday at 866-219-0165 (toll-free)