How to Get a Missouri Medical Card
Thinking about getting your Missouri medical card but don’t know where or how to start? Elevate Holistics is here to make the process quick and painless. All you have to do is follow these five easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to getting your MMJ card in Missouri.
1. Meet With a Qualified Cannabis Doctor
To get your MO medical card, you must first meet with a state-qualified physician who can recommend medical cannabis. (That’s where Elevate and our telehealth visits come in to play.)
2. Receive the Proper Certification
Once you’ve been evaluated and your physician approves you for medical cannabis, they will write you the proper certification you need to apply for your actual medical cannabis card.
3. Complete Your MMJ Registration
Next, you’ll head over to Missouri’s online medical marijuana patient registry and submit all of the required documentation. Don’t worry, the site will walk you through the whole process.
4. Get Approved
After you’ve submitted all of the proper paperwork, all that’s left to do is wait until you hear a confirmation. Keep an eye on your email! That’s where they’ll let you know the status of your card.
5. Print Your Missouri Medical Marijuana Card
Soon, the state will send you an email that contains your brand-new Missouri medical marijuana card. All you have to do is print it out and you’re good to go.
Turning to Elevate Holistics
Quickly, before we take a deep dive into Missouri’s medical marijuana program, we want to make sure you feel positive working with Elevate and our services. Here’s why you can confidently turn to us for your online medical marijuana certification:
- We’re HEALER certified
- We work with only leading cannabis experts
- Our presence stretches from state to state
- Our program is both secure and easy to use
Get more detail in our article, Is Elevate Holistics Legit? And if you’re still a bit skeptical, that’s okay. Head on over to our online user reviews and see what everyday people have to say about our services, too.
All About Medical Marijuana in Missouri
Now we can get into the specifications surrounding medical cannabis in Missouri. To start, let’s go back to 2014 when MO unveiled the Missouri Hemp Extract Registration Program (MHERP). This act legalized hemp-extracted products that contained less than 0.3% THC and at least 5% CBD for those who were diagnosed with intractable epilepsy disorders.
In the same year, the Show-Me State also partially decriminalized small possessions of cannabis. But, it wasn’t until four years later that Missouri finally decided to wholly embrace a medical cannabis program.
In 2018, the state legalized medical cannabis for qualifying patients, and the program has only been successful since the start.
Qualifying Conditions for Medical Marijuana Certification in MO
To obtain your Missouri MMJ card, you need to be diagnosed with at least one of the state’s qualifying conditions. These are:
- Intractable migraines
- Severe or persistent pain/muscle spasms (including but not limited to those associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, and Tourette’s syndrome)
- Psychiatric disorders (including but not limited to PTSD)
- A chronic medical condition typically treated with prescription medication
- Any terminal illness
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- Sickle cell anemia
- Alzheimer’s disease agitation
- Cachexia and wasting syndrome
- In a doctor’s professional judgment, any chronic, debilitating, or other medical condition
How to Become a Patient
To become a Missouri medical marijuana patient, all you have to do is head on over to the website. Their registry makes it extremely straightforward to follow the right steps in submitting the proper paperwork and information. You can find everything you’ll need to apply right here.
If you’re a minor or can’t apply for your MO MMJ card on your own, you can appoint a caregiver to do it for you.
The process of registering as a Missouri caregiver is very similar to that of a regular patient application. However, this application will ask you for information about the qualified patient that you’re hoping to represent. If they are a minor, you must have proper identification proving that you’re either their parent or guardian.
Find a Missouri Dispensary Near You
Since October 2020, medical marijuana dispensaries in Missouri have been opening their doors to patients. Elevate Holistics has got you when you need to know where to go for your MMJ medicine. Along with a list of cannabis shops, we’ve put up an interactive map, individual blog posts about dispensaries that have opened, and even have some fun video visits on our Facebook group and YouTube channel.
MO and Gun Rights
Like a lot of things regarding cannabis and legality, MO MMJ patients and gun rights have a complicated relationship. Technically, Missouri law does not prohibit those who own guns from obtaining a medical marijuana card, nor will the state check upon registration if you own one. However, federal law is a different story.
On a federal level, the government considers cannabis a Schedule I substance and it is completely illegal for a cannabis consumer to use or possess a firearm. So, though MO doesn’t outright prohibit the two together, law enforcement will likely adhere to federal law and stress that cannabis and guns simply cannot mix.
If you’re hoping to buy a gun after you’ve obtained your medical marijuana card, this might be tough. Having a medical marijuana card is grounds for denial from a gun dealer.
The average medical marijuana patient in Missouri can possess up to eight ounces (considered a 60-day supply) of medical cannabis at one time. Patients can only purchase up to four ounces at once, as well.
Patients or caregivers who have a cultivation license can possess up to 12 ounces of cannabis, but should never have more than eight ounces on them when not at home. Keep the remaining four ounces securely stored in your private residence.
In Missouri, qualifying adult patients may apply for a cultivation license that allows for at-home growing. This comes with a worthwhile fee of $100. When growing at home, all cannabis plants must be kept in a secure, locked facility that is not accessible to neither the public nor minors.
If you’re approved, qualifying patients are allowed to cultivate up to six mature plants, six immature plants, and six clones at one time.
To apply, you’ll just go to the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program Portal and fill out the necessary information.
Not Sure You Qualify?
If you’re interested in medical cannabis but aren’t sure if you qualify, you aren’t the only one. If you see that you don’t immediately align with one of the various qualifying conditions, don’t panic: there are ways you can rightfully work around them.
Many qualifying conditions come with varying degrees. For example, the most common medical diagnosis for cannabis is that of “chronic pain,” because this can represent medical conditions of all kinds— even if yours isn’t directly listed. Does your current medical condition inhibit you from living your life? Are your health and wellbeing consistently being negatively affected? Well, then you’re likely still able to qualify.
Here at Elevate Holistics, we strongly believe that every person deserves to feel their best. We’re here to work with you one-on-one to help come to the diagnosis you need.
For Those With Children
For those in Missouri looking to get an MMJ card, but who also have little ones at home to worry about, consuming medical cannabis at home is a delicate, careful balance. While it is more than possible to do, for the sake of your kiddos, there are some extra precautions you’ll have to make (we even asked a MO cannabis lawyer).
For one, always keep in mind the odor of your cannabis. (Even if you don’t think you smell, you probably do. Weed aroma is both strong and distinct.) Smoking cannabis around your child is illegal, so all inhalation should be done in a space away from your children and where the ventilation/airflow is ample.
When storing your medical cannabis, always keep it in places where your children cannot access it. A lot of cannabis products—particularly edibles—are going to look indistinguishable from regular treats. Because of this, all products should be kept in locked, clearly labeled containers that are far out of reach of little hands.
For Those on Probation
If you’re currently on probation, you may still have the opportunity to enjoy medical cannabis in Missouri. However, this is entirely up to the judge in your court hearings and their personal opinions on the subject. There is nothing written in any statute that allows cannabis use across the board, but, the justice system has seen it be approved on a case-by-case basis. The best thing you can do is inquire.
Elevate Holistics Doctors for Your Missouri Medical Card and More!
Have a lot more questions? Check out our Missouri FAQs. Need to know more about getting an MMJ card in MO? We’ve got more info on that as well! If we didn’t answer your question in this article, call or message us—we’d love to answer any question you have! Don’t be shy! We’re laidback, friendly, and happy to help.