Updated on October 7, 2021. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Shatha Atiya.
Residents of Iowa with one or more of the mentioned list of medical marijuana conditions in 2021 may qualify for the state’s Medical Cannabidiol Program (medical marijuana program). But, as one of the Iowa medical marijuana requirements, they must get a recommendation from a certified cannabis healthcare provider.
Iowa Medical Marijuana Requirements
To get medical marijuana in Iowa, a resident needs approval from a certified doctor for one of the conditions mentioned below.
The List of Medical Marijuana Conditions in 2021 in Iowa
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Any terminal illness with a probable life expectancy of under one year. Also, if the illness or its therapy produces one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, and cachexia or severe wasting.
- Cancer – if the disease or its treatment causes one or more of the following: severe or chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, and cachexia or severe wasting.
- Chronic pain
- Corticobasal Degeneration
- Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Severe, intractable autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors
- Severe, intractable pediatric autism with self-injurious or aggressive behaviors
Iowa Medical Marijuana Program
The first step when applying for a medical card in Iowa is scheduling an appointment with a certified marijuana healthcare practitioner (cannabis doctor). You can find out more about the Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Program here.
Before, patients had to download two documents and take them to their appointment; the Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form and the Patient Information Sheet. But, with QuickMedCards, patients benefit from telemedicine where they can have their marijuana evaluation online.
To avoid delays and improve the chances of approval, patients should upload their medical records. You can find out how to get your medical records and send them to your marijuana doctor online here.
Patients have the option of completing their registration online or via mail.
If patients decide to register through mail, they should download and complete the Adult Patient Registration Form. Then, include all the required documents and send them to the Iowa Department of Public Health:
Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Patients that provide their email address during their application process will get a temporary medical card to use before getting their permanent Iowa medical marijuana card in the mail.
Get more information on how to get a medical card in Iowa.
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IA medical marijuana qualification: Who Qualifies for the Iowa Medical Card?
To qualify for a medical marijuana card in Iowa, you must be:
- An adult (18 years or older).
- A minor (younger than 18) with a registered and approved caregiver applying on your behalf.
- Certified for medical cannabis treatment by a licensed medical marijuana physician in Iowa.
- A resident of Iowa with proof of residency.
What Documents Do I Need to Submit?
Patients that meet the IA medical card qualification requirements must submit the following documents during the application process:
- A signed Healthcare Practitioner Certification Form (After approval by your QuickMedCards cannabis doctor)
- A complete Adult Patient Registration Form (when applying via mail) and a complete Adult Patient Application (online)
- Copy of their photo ID. For example, a valid IA ID or valid IA driver’s license.
Moreover, patients will pay $100 or the $25 reduced fee if they qualify for the reduced fee.
To qualify for the reduced fee patients should provide copies of:
- Receipt of Supplemental Security Income Payment (SSI receipt)
- Social Security Disability Benefit notice (SSDI notice)
- Hawk-I member card
- Iowa Medicaid member card
Where to Get Medical Cannabis in Iowa
Patients with a valid Iowa medical marijuana card can get medical cannabis from state-authorized dispensaries. Patients should bring a form of photo ID (IA ID or driver’s license) plus their medical marijuana card to the dispensary when getting their medicine.
Also important, cannabis products in Iowa marijuana dispensaries are limited to:
- Oral forms: Capsules, tinctures, pills, liquids, and sublingual forms.
- Topical forms: Transdermal patches, lotions, gels, ointments, and creams.
- Nebulizable inhaled forms
- Suppositories: Both vaginal and rectal